Update on COVID-19 Related Leave Programs

September 3, 2021 - 10:55am

Below is a brief summary of current options that are available to employees (including student employees) who need to take leave for COVID-19 related reasons. Please note that faculty are now eligible for 128 hours under the Expanded COVID-19 Related Leave Program.

1.  CSU’s Expanded COVID-19 Related Leave Program (ECRL) 

  • 128 hours for all employees; prorated based on timebase (except Teamsters) 

  • 256 hours for Teamsters 

  • 80 hours of sick leave under Senate Bill 95* (included in the 128 and 256 hours noted above)

  • Expires December 31, 2021 

2. Paid Sick Leave under *Senate Bill 95 (signed by Governor Newson on March 19, 2021) 

  • Provides supplemental paid sick leave for employees in the State of California who are unable to work or telework due to COVID-19. 

  • 80 hours for retired annuitants/Faculty Early Retirement Program participants (80 hours for staff include in ECRL as noted above) 

  • Expires September 30, 2021 

3. Sick Leave 

  • 8 hours/month accrued for full-time employees 

4. Vacation 

  • Accrual rates vary by Collective Bargaining Agreement and length of service

5. Compensatory Time Off for non-exempt employee (CTO) 

  • Employees can use CTO hours previously earned. (Non-exempt employees have the option of requesting compensatory time in lieu of overtime wages.) 

Qualifying Reasons For A COVID-19 Related Leave

  • Employee is subject to a quarantine or isolation period related to COVID-19 as defined by federal, state, or local orders or guidelines.

  • Employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19.

  • Employee is attending an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Employee is experiencing symptoms related to a COVID-19 vaccine that prevent the employee from being able to work or telework.

  • Employee is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis.

  • Employee is caring for a family member who is subject to a quarantine or isolation order or guideline or who has been advised to self-quarantine by a health care provider due to concerns related to COVID-19.

  • Employee is caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed or otherwise unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.

Requesting ECRL or Paid Sick Leave under SB 95

Employees should request ECRL by submitting a Request for Expanded COVID-19 Related Leave Form (see links below) to their appropriate administrator and self-certify the reason for the leave.  Administrators should provide signed ECRL request forms to Ariel.Aaron@humboldt.edu.  

Reporting in Absence Management
If requesting leave for the current month, employees should choose the “PAL/FFCRA” leave code and indicate “ECRL” or “PSL” in the comments section.  

Please contact the Benefits Manager in Human Resources, Ariel.Aaron@humboldt.edu, with any questions about these leave types.

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