Index of DIR COVID-19 Information

2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Expired on September 30, 2021

From January 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021, California required employers with 26 or more employees to provide their workers up to 80 hours of supplemental paid sick leave (SPSL) for COVID-19 related reasons. After September 30, workers who were not paid the SPSL they were entitled to when they were unable to work in 2021 due to COVID-19 can still request pay from their employer or file a claim with the Labor Commissioner. For more information, visit the Labor Commissioner’s webpage on the expiration of 2021 COVID-19 SPSL.

The COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards are still in effect. The workplace standards were updated in December 2021 to include minor revisions related to returning to work after close contact. The revisions are effective starting on January 14, 2022. In addition to these requirements, employers must follow public health orders on COVID-19. The latest order from the California Department of Public Health on January 5, 2022 requires the use of face coverings by all employees when indoors. More information on the COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards is available in Cal/OSHA's Frequently Asked Questions.

Use of Face Covering While Visiting DIR Offices

The Department of Industrial Relations requires that all visitors use face coverings in its public offices, regardless of their vaccination status. The face covering requirement follows recommendations from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that direct all persons to wear face coverings indoors regardless of vaccination status. In addition, many local public orders in counties and cities across the state require mask usage indoors.

All persons must wear a face covering consistent with CDPH Guidance, unless exempted from use. A face covering includes a surgical mask, a medical procedure mask, a respirator worn voluntarily, or a tightly woven fabric or non-woven material of at least two layers that covers the nose and mouth. A face covering does not include a scarf, ski mask, balaclava, bandana, turtleneck collar, single layer of fabric or any mask that has an unfiltered one-way exhaust valve.

In California, employers are required to take steps to protect their workers from COVID-19. DIR has developed these resources to provide employers and workers information on workplace safety requirements, paid sick leave, workers' compensation and other labor laws.

Guidance on Cal/OSHA temporary emergency standards on COVID-19:

Frequently Asked Questions

January 2022