The Who, What, When and How of Mandatory Paid Sick Leave in California

The Who, What, When and How of Mandatory Paid Sick Leave in California

The Who, What, When and How of Mandatory Paid Sick Leave in California

By CalChamber Employment Law Counsel

On September 10, 2014, California became the second state in the nation, after Connecticut, to provide paid sick leave when Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed AB 1522, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014.

The effective date for employers to begin providing the paid sick leave benefit was July 1, 2015. Other requirements, such as posting and notice obligations, previously took effect January 1. With very few exceptions, this mandate applies to all private and public employers, regardless of size.

Even though the law is already in effect, the Legislature passed additional amendments to the Act. These amendments become effective immediately upon being signed by the Governor on July 13, 2015. The most significant amendments affected the various accrual provisions and how to pay employees when they use sick time.

Already have a paid sick leave policy? Your policy must still meet certain conditions under this law.

Download CalChamber's free "The Who, What, When and How of Mandatory Paid Sick Leave in California" white paper for a basic understanding of this required employee benefit.




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