L.A. county to explore paid sick leave for MPX

LA County to Explore Paid Sick Leave for Monkeypox
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 03: Health workers sit at a check-in table at a pop-up monkeypox vaccination clinic which opened today by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health at the West Hollywood Library on August 3, 2022 in West Hollywood, California. California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on August 1st over the monkeypox outbreak which continues to grow globally. Photo credit Mario Tama/Getty Images

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion Tuesday to explore the possibility of offering supplemental paid sick leave for people who contract confirmed or suspected MPX, also known as monkeypox, and potentially future infectious diseases that require isolation and quarantine.

Sponsored by Supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl, the motion
directs county attorneys to report back to the board in three weeks on how the county could implement a paid sick leave policy for people who contact MPX, or other new and emerging infectious diseases.

The motion also urges Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign legislation that would
extend the state's COVID-19 sick leave law through the end of the year.

The motion was unanimously passed.

During the meeting, Solis said both COVID-19 and MPX disproportionately affect essential workers, who are predominantly Black and Latino/a and might not be able to take the recommended five to 10 days to isolate for COVID-19 -- much less the two to four weeks needed to isolate for the duration of a MPX diagnosis.

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