The Corporate Law Group

California Paid Sick Leave Law – Update

doctor_shot_cartoonIn preparation for the new paid sick leave requirements for California employers which go into effect in 2015, the California Labor Commission has released a new poster and form of notice for employees. Although the new right to accrue and use paid sick leave does not become effective until July 1, 2015, the notice requirements of the law take effect January 1, 2015.

A copy of the new poster may be found here. Employers are required to display this poster in a conspicuous area where it may be easily read by all employees.

A copy of the new Notice to Employee may be found here. Employers are required to use this form, or a form of the employer’s choosing containing the same information, for all non-exempt employees hired on or after January 1, 2015. Employers are also required to inform employees hired by prior to January 1, 2015, about the change in sick leave law and how the leave law impacts the employee. Following any changes to the information contained within the Notice on or after January 1, 2015, an employer is required to provide written notice of the change to all impacted employees within 7 calendar days of the change unless the change is noted on the employee’s itemized wage statement or provided to the employee in writing within 7 calendar days of the change in accordance with another labor law. To ensure complete compliance with the new law, the Buzz suggests that the employer provide a personalized Notice to each employee with 7 calendar days of implementing the new paid sick leave policy.

The Labor Commission has created a FAQs page for answers to many questions regarding the new law and its requirements. The FAQ page may be found here.

As always, please contact Paul Marotta or Megan Jeanne if you have any questions.