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July 1, 2015: A Day of Change for California Employers (Part 2)

While human resources professionals and counsel typically review “new laws” when a new year begins, this year there are significant changes going into effect on July 1, 2015.

This is the second of two alerts about new requirements that take effect in California on July 1, 2015.  To access the first alert, click here.

 Paid Sick Leave

This law went into effect January 1, 2015.  However, the right to accrue and take sick leave under this law did not take effect until July 1, 2015.  Employers who were not aware of the new requirements, or who have not planned to be in compliance should quickly become familiar with the law and implement the appropriate policies and procedures.

The new law requires employers to provide paid sick leave.  This can be done either through an accrual procedure or one in which employees are granted three days automatically at the beginning of the leave year.  The law contains specific eligibility, payment, tracking, and notification requirements.  Among other things, every current and new employee must be provided with notice of how the employer will be implementing the law.  For the state-approved notice, click here.  In addition, paystubs must now show how many days of sick leave are available.

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This Bulletin is made available for educational purposes and to provide general information on current legal topics, not to provide specific legal advice. The publication of this Bulletin does not create any attorney client relationship, and this Bulletin should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a licensed professional attorney.

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