Sick Leave Law To Take Effect July 1, 2015

A California labor law requiring employers to provide sick leave for qualifying employees will take effect July 1, 2015.

The Healthy Workplace Healthy Family Act of 2014 mandates that sick leave be provided to a person employed in the state of California who has worked 30 days or more within a year as measured from their date of hire. This change applies to any type of employer, including employers of non-public household employees, regardless of the number of persons employed. Specific accrual rates, minimum annual amounts, compensation calculations, usage policies, record retention, and employee notification requirements are necessary to be in full compliance with the new law.

A notification poster must be displayed by July 1, 2015 in an area accessible to all employees. Please visit the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement website, to obtain a copy. In addition to the poster, written notification of the employer’s sick leave policy must be provided in writing to each employee no later than July 8, 2015. A form that can serve as written notice to employees can be found here.

Failure to comply with the Healthy Workplace Healthy Family Act of 2014 may result in penalties and/or fines. For more information, please contact our General Business Services Director, Robyn Chamberlin, at (831) 759-6300 or rlc@hw-cpa.com.