Pharmacy Legislation: SB 114 (Budget) – Passed

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SB 114 (Budget) – Passed this year and effective until 09/30/2022

2022 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave 
The COVID-19 pandemic emphasized the lack of adequate paid sick leave for workers inCalifornia and the effects the lack of paid sick leave has on public health. This bill provided an additional two-weeks of supplemental paid sick leave for workers exposed to COVID-19 and workers who test positive for COVID-19, to receive and recover from the COVID-19 vaccine, to take care of a child whose school or daycare is closed due to COVID-19, and to take care of a family member sick with COVID-19. SB 114 extended COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave passed by Executive Order (N-51-20) and passed by the legislature by AB 1867 in 2020 and SB 95 in 2021.

AB 2530 (Wood) 
Healthcare for Striking Workers

AB 2693 (Reyes)
COVID-19 Exposure Notification and Reporting

Worker Technology Rights (was AB 1651 Kalra but no longer using this bill vehicle, does not have a number yet)

BUDGET- $110 million 
High Road Training Partnership for Health and Human Services

Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard
UFCW worked with Cal/OSHA to develop a COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to provide workers in non-healthcare industries enforceable health and safety protections on the job. The COVID-19 ETS included workplace protections such as exclusion pay for workers who are exposed to, or must quarantine due to, COVID-19, free COVID-19 testing and paid time off to get tested, mandatory notification for COVID-19 worksite exposures, and physical distancing and barrier requirements to keep workers safe. UFCW will be diligently working with Cal/OSHA in 2022 to pass a permanent infectious disease standard to ensure workers have these critical workplace protections from COVID-19 and future infectious diseases.

Cal/OSHA Workplace Violence Standard
UFCW is working with Cal/OSHA on drafting a permanent general industry workplace violence standard to better protect our workers when they are at work from workplace violence incidents from staff or the public. Across California we have seen a rise in workplace violence incidents that have resulted in workers being significantly injured and, unfortunately, some resulting in death. A workplace violence standard will ensure there is consistency in adopting protections for workers across all workplace and provide for an enforcement mechanism to hold employers accountable for not protecting their workers and ensuring a safe workplace.