In Other News…

NEWSOM SIGNS COVID-19 PAID LEAVE BILL FOR WORKERS: Governor Gavin Newsom stepped up for faculty when CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro would not. This month, Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 95, a supplemental COVID-19 paid sick leave law. CFA leaders will meet and confer with the CSU over implementing the leave program.  SB 95 gives many Californian workers access to two weeks of paid sick leave, backdated to Jan. 1. These hours are available now and retroactive to the beginning of the calendar year. If anyone asks for time to care for children and family due to COVID-19 and school closures, the time should be approved. If any faculty member is refused the leave, contact your CFA chapter leader (northern California chapter leaders and southern California chapter leaders) right away so that we can take appropriate legal action. To see a breakdown of the law, click here.

Recognizing the overwhelming grief COVID-19 has brought to many families, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is offering financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. Guidelines are being finalized, but to see eligibility and application information, visit the FEMA Funeral Assistance website.