Covid-19 and Safety

Information about how employees can get paid and safety during Covid 19

Reopening Together Toolkit

The following information provides guidance and requirements for departments and employees related to the COVID19 pandemic, telecommuting, recommended best practices for communicating with and leading employees who are working remotely, and FAQs.

General Employee COVID-19 FAQs

Last Updated on 4/10/2020 at 8:15 am


This is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk assessment in our region may change, at which point the County will provide updated direction. We are monitoring any legislative actions that may change leave laws and could impact the answers below. These will be updated to comply with new legislation.


For the most up to date information please visit  For Employee information, visit the MySLO page dedicated to COVID-19.

How Employees Will Get Paid

How Will Employees Be Paid?


As of March 19, 2020, at 5:01 pm, all County Employees are considered Disaster Service Workers. This affects timecard coding. All permanent employees are Disaster Service Workers (DSW) and will likely be required to work during the COVID-19 pandemic which includes working at emergency response facilities in a variety of day, evening, and night shifts, depending on needs and available DSW’s. As a DSW, employees will likely be assigned to locations, duties and work hours outside of their normal job responsibilities. For example: if you normally work 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at your office, you may be scheduled to work 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at a different work location. You may be scheduled to work a 12-hour shift. Any applicable MOU or overtime provisions will apply while working as a DSW. This requirement for working as a DSW is governed by both State and County law. If employees are at work or available to work, they will be paid salary and benefits as if they are working their regular schedule. Each department has designated personnel that will coordinate the coding of timecards if you are unable to do so yourself from home.


Please click here to view the How Employees Will Be Paid Document


Click here for DSW Frequently Asked Questions.

*This document will be updated as new information becomes available. Last updated: 01/04/2021*