Marin mandates COVID-19 sick leave at small businesses

Businesses with 25 or fewer employees in unincorporated Marin County must now provide paid sick leave to employees who miss work because of the pandemic.

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to adopt the mandate during its meeting on Tuesday.

“This legislation is meant to assist our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Marin County Administrator Matthew Hymel told supervisors. “It complements some of our previous efforts around rental assistance and the emergency assistance for COVID-positive low-income residents.”

The ordinance sunsets on Sept. 30, after which a federal tax credit to reimburse businesses for the cost of providing the sick leave will no longer be available.

“This ordinance therefore is a cost-covered vehicle to ensure the safety of small business employees,” said Supervisor Damon Connolly.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law on March 18, 2020, guaranteed paid sick leave for certain…

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