SACRAMENTO (KGET) – Governor Gavin Newsom today signed an executive order providing two weeks of sick leave for California workers from large employers in the food sector industry impacted by the COVID-19.
Newsom said the sick leave fills a gap left by federal relief that had provided similar paid leave benefits for employers with fewer than 500 workers.
Workers in the food sector include farmworkers, agricultural workers, and those working in grocery stores and fast food chains, and as delivery drivers.
“These workers on the front lines of this crisis are our unsung heroes for continuing to work to ensure that Californians have food on their tables during these challenging times, and we must do everything in our power to make sure they are taken care of at home and in the workplace,” Newsom said. “Making sure they have paid sick leave and added protections in their place of work is critical.”
Additionally, the new executive order provides health and safety standards to increase worker and customer protection by permitting workers at food facilities to wash their hands every 30 minutes, or as needed, to increase proper sanitation measures, according to the state.