October 19, 2021

Do we have to pay employees who are quarantined?

From School Services of California

Cal/OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) on COVID-19 Prevention require employers to exclude employees from the workplace under certain circumstances. If an employee is excluded due to a workplace COVID-19 exposure, their employer must maintain their pay and benefits.

Keep in mind that if an employee is telecommuting and their workplace is their home, they are not entitled to exclusion pay during the time that they are excluded from work. Additionally, an employee would not be eligible for exclusion pay if during their period of exclusion they were receiving Workers’ Compensation Temporary Disability Payments.

COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave expired on September 30, 2021, and exclusion pay is a separate, very specific leave in response to workplace COVID-19 exposure and quarantine. Employers should review additional COVID-19 leave bargained locally if applicable, to ensure compliance with the Cal/OSHA ETS.