California State University, Northridge, Human Resources

COVID-19 Employee Leave Update - SPSL | February 24, 2022

Dear Colleagues:

I am happy to share with you a new leave type option for COVID-19 related reasons called COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL).

On February 19, 2022, California Senate Bill (SB) 114, became effective. This bill provides employees up to 80 hours of supplemental paid sick leave for specific COVID-related absences. The 80 hours are pro-rated for part-time employees and exempt employees may only use the time in whole day increments. The leave time is retroactive to January 1, 2022 and is available for use through September 30, 2022 for represented employees and through December 31, 2022 for non-represented employees. Please note – updates may be made to these timelines for represented employees after the meet and confer processes are completed.

Qualifying Reasons for Leave Up to 40 hours (5 days) of SPSL can be used for the following reasons when employees are unable to work on site or telework:

  1. Employee is subject to quarantine or isolation related to COVID-19, as defined by the State Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or a local health officer who has jurisdiction over the workplace; or
  2. Employee is advised by a health care provider to isolate or quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19; or
  3. Employee is attending an appointment for themselves or a family member to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or a vaccine booster (See limit on use of hours below.); or
  4. Employee is experiencing symptoms, or caring for a family member experiencing symptoms, related to a COVID-19 vaccine or vaccine booster that prevents the employee from being able to work (See limit on use of hours below.); or
  5. Employee is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis; or
  6. Employee is caring for a family member who is subject to a quarantine or isolation order or guideline or who has been advised to isolate or quarantine by a health care provider due to concerns related to COVID-19; or
  7. Employee is caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed or otherwise unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19 on the premises.

Up to 40 hours (5 days) of additional SPSL can be used only for the following reason when employees are unable to work on site or telework:

  1. Employee, or a family member that is under their care, tests positive for COVID-19. Employees do not need to exhaust the leave to which they are entitled to for reasons 1), 2), or 3), before using this additional SPSL. Employee will be required to provide positive test result for themselves or impacted family member to qualify for these 40 hours.

Vaccine or Vaccine Booster Time Limits For each vaccination or vaccine booster:

The total COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave is limited to 3 days (24 hours) for each vaccination or vaccine booster. If the employee or their family member continues to experience symptoms related to the vaccine or vaccine booster beyond 3 days (24 hours) limit, the employee must provide verification from a health care provider upon request. The 3 day or 24-hour limitation applies to each vaccine or vaccine booster and includes the time used to get the vaccine or vaccine booster.

If you are interested in learning more about this leave type or if you would like to request personal time (sick, vacation, CTO) already used for the qualifying reasons to be converted to SPSL time, please contact your Benefits representative.

  • For last names starting with A-K contact Cari Morgan, Leave of Absence and Workers Compensation Specialist at or 818-677-6510.
  • For last names starting with L-Z contact Deborah Stewart, Leave of Absence and Workers Compensation Specialist at or 818-677-3351.

If you have COVID-19 and/or have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19, please complete the following form:Faculty and Staff Self-Reporting Form or e-mail

Auxiliary employees should check with their respective Human Resources office for leave information.

Thank you,


Kristina de la Vega, SPHR, SHRM-SCP | Associate Vice President of Human Resources |
Office of Human Resources | California State University, Northridge | (T) 818.677.6566 |