COVID-19 extension of sick leave for IHSS providers

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has issued information about the extension of two weeks of emergency paid sick leave in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act for In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) and Waiver Personal Care Services (WPCS) providers.  The Consolidated Appropriations Act extends the paid sick leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act until March 31, 2020.  An IHSS or WPCS provider may request sick leave once from April 2, 2020 until March 31, 2021 if the provider is unable to work because of one of six listed COVID-19 related reasons.  The extension to March 31, 2021 does not create additional sick leave hours for providers who already used their Families First Coronavirus Response Act emergency sick leave.

Full-time employees (working 40 or more hours per week) are entitled to 80 hours of paid sick leave.  Part-time employees are entitled to the average number of hours that they work over a two-week period.

When a provider needs to take COVID-19 sick leave, they should complete the COVID-19 sick leave form, TEMP 3021 and submit the form to their IHSS county office.  WPCS providers submit the form to the Department of Health Care Services.  (ACL 21-06, January 19, 2021.)