COVID-19 State Action - California

State Action Details

S.B. 89 amends the Budget Act of 2019 to appropriate funds in line with the governor’s state of emergency declaration in California and expresses the intent to appropriate funds to assist individuals, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses experiencing economic hardships due to the impacts of COVID-19.

S.B. 943, if passed, would authorize wage replacement benefits to workers who take time off work to care for a minor child whose school has been closed due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak and require that any additional costs associated with the extension of wage replacement benefits in these provisions be paid from the General Fund.

COVID-19 California


CA S.B.943:Paid family leave: school closures: COVID-19. Referred to Senate committee on March 26, 2020 | From committee with author's amendments.



CA S.B.89:Budget Act of 2019. Became Public Law on March 17, 2020 | Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 2, Statutes of 2020


Digital Signing and Sealing of Engineering Documents

California authorizes the use of electronic/digital seals and signatures by professional engineers.

Statute: 411. Seal and Signature
(e) The seal shall be capable of leaving a permanent ink representation, a permanent impression, or an electronically-generated representation on the documents. The signature may be applied to the documents electronically.

Access the full report, Digital Signing and Sealing of Engineering Documents, on the NSPE website.

Important Information

On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20 directing all residents immediately to heed current State public health directives to stay home, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure sectors and additional sectors as the State Public Health Officer may designate as critical to protect health and well-being of all Californians.

In accordance with this order, the State Public Health Officer has designated the following list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help state, local, tribal, and industry partners as they work to protect communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.

>> Download in PDF: California's list of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers (Note: engineering-related sentences are highlighted on the PDF.)

Covid-19 Resources from NSPE

The world finds itself today in a crisis unlike any in recent memory. While members of the engineering profession are facing the same uncertainties as everyone else, NSPE’s volunteer leaders and staff are firmly committed to doing the very best we can to help you through this very difficult time.

As you strive to stay on top of your professional and personal life remember that NSPE is a resource for you.

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