San Anselmo is requiring small businesses to offer paid sick leave for employees with coronavirus-related absences.
In a special Town Council meeting on Aug. 16, the council voted 4-1 to pass the temporary urgency ordinance. Councilmember Ford Greene voted no.
The ordinance follows the 2020 Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a federal law mandating paid sick leave for employees unable to work or telecommute because of COVID-19. It includes a tax credit for reimbursing employers.
On March 19, Gov. Newsom signed Senate Bill 95, which requires employers with more than 25 workers to provide COVID-19-related paid sick leave through Sept. 30. Although smaller businesses may take advantage of federal tax credits under the bill, they are not required to provide paid sick leave.
To close the gap, the Board of Supervisors passed an urgency ordinance on June 8 to establish the same paid sick leave requirements for businesses with 25