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Hollywood Return To Work Agreement and CA COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Extended

Original publish date: March 4, 2022

The Hollywood Return to Work Agreement has been extended again, this time through April 30, 2022. Temporary CA COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave provisions have been extended through September 30, 2022. Changes include the updated definition of “fully vaccinated,” specific mask requirements, and a limited list of accepted antigen tests.

What is the Return To Work Agreement?

The Return To Work or RTW Agreement is a COVID-19 safety agreement first created in 2020 by the AMPTP, representing studios and producers, and the guilds, including SAG-AFTRA, DGA, IATSE, Teamsters and Basic Crafts. The agreement has been credited with getting the film industry back to pre-pandemic levels of production. It lays out necessary protocols for productions to operate, covering masks, meals, testing vaccinations and more.

Most notable in the recent extension was the update of the “fully vaccinated” definition to include booster shots as of March 15. Read more here.

What about California Covid Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for productions?

California employers with 26 or more employees will now need to begin complying with California’s latest paid sick leave legislation, SB114 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (CA-SPSL). Key points below, or read more here.

Posting and Wage Statement Requirements

Amount of Leave Employees Can Use

Full-time employees are entitled to up to 80 hours of CA Supplemental COVID Paid Sick Leave. The 80 hours is split into two 40-hour leave banks:

Part-time employees are entitled to an amount of CA-SPSL as follows:

Rate of Pay

Reasons Your Production Employees Can Use Leave Under CA COVID SPSL

The following are covered reasons employees can use leave:

Please consult with your CAPS or Media Services payroll coordinator to determine the appropriate procedures and paycodes for use with CA Supplemental COVID Paid Sick Leave.

Need a production payroll partner? Reach out here.


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