California Order Provides COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for Essential Food Workers and Tightens Sanitation Standards

On April 16, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-51-20, which requires companies with 500 or more employees to provide supplemental paid sick leave benefits to food service industry workers. The order covers workers on farms, grocery stores, restaurants and food delivery services who have continued to work on-site during the COVID-19 pandemic. Notably, the order applies to employees and companies who are not covered by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The order is effective immediately.

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