Paid sick leave bill signed

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Sept. 11, 2014

California became only the second state in the Nation to require employers to provide paid sick leave to their workers in accordance with legislation signed this week by Governor Jerry Brown. Dubbed the “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014,” AB 1522 (Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego), mandates that employers provide at least three paid sick days to any employee working in the state for thirty or more days in a calendar year. The law goes into effect July 1, 2015.

Key aspects of the new law include an accrual of one hour for every 30 hours worked with an optional annual cap of 48 hours and no compensation for accrued, but unused, sick days. If an employee is rehired within a year, reinstatement is required. Administrative penalties and liquidated damages are capped at an aggregate total of $4,000.

Employers with existing paid sick leave or paid time off (PTO) policies are not required to provide additional time off if their policies (1) meet the accrual, carryover and use requirement of bill, or (2) offer at least three days (or 24 hours) of paid sick days or equivalent PTO time each year.

Paid sick leave can be used for diagnostic, care or treatment of existing or preventive healthcare for an employee or their family member, including spouse, child, parent, stepparent, legal guardian, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, and registered domestic partner.

To view the Governor’s press release on the signing of AB 1522, click here: http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18690

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