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California’s Paid Sick Leave Law Takes Effect July 1

As of July 1, 2015, any employer with employees in California must comply with the state’s new Paid Sick Leave Law (AB 1522).

Below is a brief summary of what this change will mean to employers:

  • Employers with even a single employee (including part-time or temporary employees) working at least 30 days a year in California must provide paid sick leave.
  • Employers must decide to either keep track of each employee’s accrual and use of paid sick leave or include them under existing, more generous Paid Time Off policies.
  • Employers who elect to track each employee’s paid sick leave must choose how to give them sick leave – in a block grant or accrued over time.
  • Employers must confirm with payroll departments or third-party payroll processors that each employee’s accrued paid sick leave is reflected on their pay stub or issued on another sheet of paper simultaneously with paychecks.
  • Employers must add a California Paid Sick Leave section to employee handbooks.

Our California employment attorneys are available to assist you.

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Jennifer B. Rubin is a Mintz Member who advises clients on employment issues like wage and hour compliance. Her clients range from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies and business executives in the technology, financial services, publishing, professional services, and health care industries.

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