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COVID-related ATO extended through end of September

The COVID-19 extended sick leave program that expired December 31, 2020, has been extended retroactively from January 1, 2021, through the end of September 2021. SB 95, authored by Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, was introduced December 16, 2020, to preempt the program’s expiration. After a series of policy hearings, amendments, and votes from both houses of the State Legislature, the bill’s final language was passed to the governor on March 18. Governor Newsom signed SB 95 into law March 19. Download flier.

January/February Outreach

The January/February Outreach is available online. Download here. 

2021 CONTRACT Enhancements

Scheduled improvements outlined below

With the New Year comes new contract improvements, some of which are already in force, and a new weekend differential beginning July 1, 2021. Provided below are the contract provisions activated this year. If you have any questions about these new benefits or any other contract-related questions, do not hesitate to contact your local chapter for assistance.

Effective immediately, except in emergency cases, the Mandated Overtime limits in Article 5.1 were reduced from five to four times per month (Excluding DDS STAR Homes). Download flier.

COVID-19 related ATO expired 12/31/20

What options do I have?

As you may already know, the COVID-19 related leave provisions afforded to employees through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) expired December 31, 2020. Although California moved to exempt Psych Techs and other essential healthcare personnel from the leave benefit, CAPT was successful in convincing the state to deliver an alternative extended paid leave benefit in the form of Administrative Time Off for BU 18 employees. As a result, Psych Techs were eligible to receive up to 14 calendar days of ATO if they could not work due to a COVID-19 related quarantine. The leave program’s duration was tied to the expiration of the FFCRA and is, therefore, no longer active. Neither CalHR nor the Governor’s Office has offered to extend the program. Download flier.

State has duty to keep workers safe; Facial hair compromises protective seal on respiratory masks

Yes, our employer has the legal duty and obligation to require essential staff to wear a securely fitted surgical N95 mask for our safety and protection and for those around us. A tight face-to-respirator seal provides greater protection from airborne hazards, in this case, the coronavirus. Studies have shown that any amount of facial hair within the seal area can compromise the seal. Download flier.