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COVID Related Leaves

The health and well-being of the CSU community continues to be our foremost priority as the COVID-19 pandemic persists. On February 9, 2022, the Governor passed Senate Bill (SB) 114 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave in an effort to support our workforce.  The Supplemental Paid Sick Leave program is available to active employees who are unable to work due to COVID-19 related reasons.  The program will provide up to 80 hours (10 days)  of supplemental paid sick leave, pro-rated based upon FTE and is effective January 1, 2022.

COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL)

 

(Please contact hrbenefits@csusm.edu if you require an accessible verison of the request form)

  • Qualifying Reasons for Leave
    Up to 40 hours (5 days) of SPSL can be used for the following reasons when unable to work onsite or work remotely:
    • Is subject to a quarantine or isolation related to COIVD-19, as defined by the State Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or a local health officer who has jurisdiction over the workplace;
    • Is advised by a health care provider to isolate or quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19;
    • Is attending an appointment for themselves or a family member to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or a vaccine booster;
    • Is experiencing symptoms, or caring for a family member experiencing symptoms, related to a COVID-19 vaccine or vaccine booster that prevents the employee from being able to work;
    • Is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis;
    • Is caring for a family member who is subject to a quarantine or isolation order or guideline or who has been advised to isolate or quarantine by a health care provider due to concerns related to COVID-19;
    • Is caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed or otherwise unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19 on the premises
      • A child, which for purposes of this article means a biological, adopted, or foster child, stepchild, legal ward, or a child to whom the employee stands in loco parentis. This definition of a child is applicable regardless of age or dependency status.
      • A biological, adoptive, or foster parent, stepparent, or legal guardian of an employee or the employee's spouse or registered domestic partner, or a person who stood in loco parentis when the employee was a minor child.
      • A spouse
      • A registered domestic partner
      • A grandparent
      • A grandchild
      • A sibling

    Up to 40 hours (5 days) of additional SPSL can be used only for the following reason when unable to work onsite or work remotely:

    • Employee, or a family member that is under their care, tests positive for COVID-19.  Usage of the leave must be supported by a positive COVID test. 

    Vaccine or Vaccine Booster Time Limits

    For each vaccination or vaccine booster, employee may use up to 3 days (24 hours) of SPSL unless verification is provided from a health care provider that they or their family member is continuing to experiencing symptoms related to a COVID-19 vaccine or vaccine booster.  The 3-day (24 hours) limitation applies to each vaccine or vaccine booster and includes the time used to get the vaccine or vaccine booster. 

  • Applying for Leave

    Employees requesting paid leave under SPSL must submit an COVID-19 SPSL Request Form which will route to the Office of Human Resources.

    • SPSL is available for immediate use by employees upon their oral or written request
    • Campuses may require appropriate documentation
    • Instructions for completeing the COVID-19 SPSL Request Form can be found via the Requesting SPSL via Adobe Sign document. 

    (Please contact hrbenefits@csusm.edu if you require an accessible verison of the request form)

  • Retroactive Adjustments

    Employees must "request" to replace leave accruals used for reasons cited above with SPSL retroactively back to January 1, 2022. Requests can be made using the COVID-19 SPSL Request Form. Campuses are not required to automatically adjust the hours.

    (Please contact hrbenefits@csusm.edu if you require an accessible verison of the request form)


Please contact Melanie Hobbs via email at mhobbs@csusm.edu with any questions you may have regarding this new policy or form.

Employee Assistance Program and Other Resources

As a reminder, if you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious due to the current COVID-19 situation, please contact our Employee Assistance Program LifeMatters at 800-367-7474 or www.mylifematters.com (password: cougars).