The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors late last month decided to end its COVID-19 health emergency, effective March 31, 2023.
Since 2020, employers with locations in LA County have had to comply with the regulations under the emergency order, including supplemental paid sick leave and paid leave for employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
As for the city of Los Angeles, its COVID-19 public health emergency ended Feb. 1, 2023, and the city’s COVID-19 paid sick leave expired two weeks later on Feb. 15, 2023.
LA County COVID-19 Paid Leave
Under the COVID-related paid leave ordinances in LA County, the leave will expire on April 14, 2023, two weeks after the end of the public health emergency.
Under supplemental paid sick leave, the ordinance provides covered full-time employees with up to 80 hours of leave. The vaccine paid leave allows for four hours of paid leave per injection for covered employees.
Meanwhile, county officials on March 10, 2023, announced that the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will align with new guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health regarding:
Despite these latest developments, employers in LA County are still obligated to abide by the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Non-Emergency Regulations. These regulations took effect Feb. 3, 2023, and will remain in effect for two years after the effective date, except for the recordkeeping subsections, which will remain in effect for three years.
Employers should also note that there are some remaining COVID-19 paid leave laws on the books.
It may seem like employment law compliance related to COVID-19 is in the rearview mirror. And, in places, it is. But there are still a handful of paid sick leave measures in place. Notably, Philadelphia’s doesn’t end until Dec. 31, 2023.
Employers that operate in LA County should review their current paid leave policies to align with the coming expiration of COVID-19 leave in the county and double check whether any other similar laws apply to their locations.