PRESS RELEASE: City Council Passes Motion to Pay COVID-19 Infected to Stay Home

LOS ANGELES - Today, the City Council voted to approve legislation that would provide workers with up to two weeks pay if they are infected with COVID-19 and cannot work. The proposed program, similar to one in place in San Francisco, would ensure that all workers, regardless of their employment or immigration status, are able to self-quarantine if they get sick.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

September 1, 2020

Contact for Councilmember Ryu:

Mark Pampanin

mark.pampanin@lacity.org

213-407-7616 

 

City Council Passes Motion to Pay COVID-19 Infected to Stay Home

 

LOS ANGELES - Today, the City Council voted to approve legislation that would provide workers with up to two weeks pay if they are infected with COVID-19 and cannot work. The proposed program, similar to one in place in San Francisco, would ensure that all workers, regardless of their employment or immigration status, are able to self-quarantine if they get sick.

“Beating the COVID-19 pandemic means keeping folks at home when they’re sick,” Councilmember David Ryu said. “But too many Los Angeles workers are being forced to decide between their paycheck and public health. We need a program that ensures all workers are able to stay home, no matter what work they do, their immigration status or their criminal record.”

On July 29, both Councilmember Ryu and Council President Nury Martinez introduced legislation to establish a wage replacement program that pays workers infected with COVID-19 to stay home.

Read the motions here.

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Assistant City Council President Pro Tempore David E. Ryu represents Los Angeles’ 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.


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