Santa Monica’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance allows employers to provide employees with paid sick leave on a "lump sum" basis or an "accrual" basis. Employers who choose the "lump sum" method must grant employees the full amount of Santa Monica Sick Leave (SMSL) at the time of hire and annually thereafter at the beginning of each calendar year, fiscal year or year of employment (See [Option: Lump Sum] in the Sample Policy).
Starting January 1, 2018, small businesses (with fewer than 25 employees) who choose the "lump sum" method must provide a lump sum of at least 40 hours of SMSL. Large employers (26 or more employees) must provide a lump sum of at least 72 hours of SMSL.
The Handbook Creator Wizard currently prompts small employers selecting the "lump sum" method for SMSL to provide at least 48 hours of SMSL under the lump sum method. Small employers choosing the “lump sum” method should be aware that only 40 hours is required by the ordinance. Small Employers who wish to only offer the mandated amount of 40 hours, must edit their policy using the instructions provided below.
Note: If you have not added the Santa Monica Sick Leave Policy yet, work through the Wizard normally, adding the policy, and follow the "Updating the Employee Handbook Creator" instructions after the handbook is completed.
CalChamber is working to resolve this issue and will send an updated Santa Monica Sick Leave Policy as soon as possible.