Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (2021 SPSL) for California – Plus An Update on HR Training

Happy First Day of Fall

Today, September 22, 2021, marks the first day of fall – To kick off the season, here are a few HR topics that have our attention…

For those of you with 26 or more employees, you have offered and navigated job-protected time away from work for specific COVID-19-related reasons that prevented employees from being able to work or telework. Well, the time has come that SPSL will expire; the requirement to provide SPSL will end on September 30, 2021.  As of the writing of this, we have not seen any plans to extend the SPSL; however, we have all seen how quickly things can change and we will certainly let you know if we become aware of any changes to the anticipated expiration of SPSL.

On October 1, be sure to remove any SPSL posters from the workplace and verify that displayed available balances are removed from pay stubs.

About Recordkeeping… Labor Code Section 247.5 requires that records be kept for a three-year period on regular paid sick days and 2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick days accrued and used, and that the records be made available to the Labor Commissioner or employee upon request.

Note:  If the law expires while a covered employee is taking SPSL, the employee can finish taking the amount of 2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave they are entitled to receive.

‘Tis the Season of Training

It seems common for many businesses to conduct any compliance or other beneficial training during the final quarter of the calendar year.  If you fall into that category, here are some great resources to consider.

A.L.I.V.E. Active Shooter Survival Training  — an important topic as employers have an obligation to provide and maintain a safe workplace, in any climate. Training options include:

Responsible Beverage Service a requirement in some, workplaces in conjunction with AB 1221. Find out more about Get-RBS here or by visiting

Harassment Prevention Training conducted by Elmore HR or using our training site Required for all Employers on the odd-year training cycle (last conducted in 2019) as well as new hires and newly-promoted supervisors.

In addition to these popular pieces of training, Elmore HR continues to provide a variety of relevant workplace topics and training for your staff and management teams. Talk with your HR ninja about your training needs and have a peek at our Training Menu, here.

More to come! As we continue to add new, impactful topics to our list, we will share them with you in case they add value to your staff & workplace.