Report Labor Law Violations and File Claims

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.
However, exclusion pay is still required under the COVID-19 Emergency Standards for workers who have to quarantine due to a COVID-19 workplace exposure. For more information visit: Exclusion Pay (

The pandemic has changed the workplace but it has not reduced workers’ labor rights or the enforcement of California’s labor laws. If you experience wage theft or retaliation for excising your labor rights, or have seen or experienced wide spread labor law violations, you can report it or file a claim with the Labor Commissioner’s Office.

Employers in California are required to pay at least the minimum wage, provide meal and rest breaks, pay overtime and provide paid sick leave. When an employer fails to do so it may be wage theft and you can file an individual wage claim with the Labor Commissioner’s Office.

If you exercise your labor rights, such as filing a wage claim for nonpayment of sick leave and as a result are fired, suspended, demoted or have your hours reduced, that is considered retaliation. You can file a retaliation claim with the Labor Commissioner’s Office. 

If you have seen or experienced wide spread labor law violations you can Report a Labor Law Violations with the Labor Commissioner’s Office.

For any questions on your rights, please call 833-LCO-INFO (833-526-4636).

Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Toll Free Hotline

If you know of an employer that has refused to provide paid sick leave or COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave as required by law, or that prevents workers from accessing paid sick hours, please call the Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Toll Free Hotline: (855) LCO-SPSL (855-526-7775).

If you wish to report a business’ failure to provide required paid sick leave or California Supplemental Paid Sick Leave, please speak slowly and clearly.  Please include the following information in your message:

  • Business Name
  • Business Address/Worksite
  • Business Phone Number
  • Manager or Supervisor if known
  • Explain the violation you are reporting
  • Your Name and Contact information (only for the purpose of clarifying the tip)

November 2020