Paid sick leave is a current legislative trend across America. With 50 states and 39,000 municipalities In the U.S., new rules and regulations are being mandated rapidly. Five states – Oregon, California, Connecticut, Vermont, and Massachusetts – have policies in place, as does the District of Columbia. Over 25 local jurisdictions in California, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington also have passed laws.
Here is a look at where California stands on paid sick leave, and how it affects average American workers:
The Healthy Workplace, Healthy Family Act of 2014 applies to the entire state of California, and sets the following standards:
- Guarantees up to three days of paid sick leave for all California workers (part-time and full-time) who work for 90 or more days within a year of becoming employed.
- Employees have the choice of three paid sick days upfront or one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.
- Businesses are required to show how many hours of paid sick leave employees have earned on their pay stubs
- Businesses required to provide the benefit regardless of their size.
- There is a 30-day window after sick leave that employee cannot be fired unless for another reason that requires disciplinary action.
- An estimated 6.5 million Californians are eligible – roughly 75% of California’s low-wage workers.
Are you a California resident? How has this Act affected you?