California to provide food industry employees with two weeks paid leave

California to provide food industry employees with two weeks paid leave
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California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia coronavirus case count tops 600,000 California slams 'inaccurate and outdated beliefs' of parents suing to reopen schools Bass on filling Harris's Senate spot: 'I'll keep all my options open' MORE (D) announced Thursday that the state is providing food industry workers impacted by the coronavirus two weeks of paid sick leave.

The order seeks to “fill the gap” left by the federal government’s stimulus bill, which guaranteed paid sick leave for businesses that employ fewer than 500 people and an exemption for businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

Those who work for large food industry companies in California now qualify for two weeks paid leave as well. 

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“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 in a statement.

“Making sure they have paid sick leave and added protections in their place of work is critical,” he said.

According to the order, workers in the food sector include farmworkers, agricultural workers and those working in grocery stores, fast food chains and delivery drivers. 

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