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California’s Updated Paid Sick Leave Law

Your business’s update on the new paid sick leave laws in California.

The California paid sick leave law, named the Healthy Workplace, Healthy Families Act, took effect July 1, 2015. It’s designed to promote a healthy workplace, reduce employee turnover, and increase productivity in the workforce.

Update your business by knowing the ins-and-outs of the new law:

What is it and who is it for?
Any employee who works in California for 30 or more days within a year is entitled to paid sick leave. Employees, including part time and temporary employees, accrue at least one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked.

What are employee eligibility requirements for using paid sick leave?
The employee may use accrued paid sick leave beginning the 90th day of employment. They are not required to find a replacement as a condition of using paid sick leave. Sick leave includes the employee’s own or family member’s diagnosis, care or treatment.

If a sick leave or paid time off policy was already in place…?
As long as the employer has a paid leave policy or paid time off policy that meets the law’s leave time requirements, the employer is not required to provide any additional leave.

What are the consequences of noncompliance?
If a company does not comply with the new law they can face Labor Commissioner enforcement measures, including penalty fines.

How can a company enforce compliance?
Display posters on the sick leave policy for your staff, provide written notice to current employees and new hires, show how many hours of sick leave an employee has available on a document or pay stub, and provide the accrued time when requested for the eligible employee.

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