The California Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 requires all California employers to provide the greater of three days or twenty-four hours of paid sick days annually to all eligible employees beginning July 1, 2015. A detailed description of the law with questions and answers is available on the California Department of Industrial Relations website at http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/Paid_Sick_Leave.htm Eight months after California employees rolled out their new compliant sick leave or Paid Time Off (PTO) policies, one simple requirement of the act deserves special attention. The law prohibits retaliation against employees for exercising their right to use protected sick leave. Given the frequency retaliation claims are filed in California, it’s important that employers evaluate their sick leave policies and procedures to avoid inadvertent retaliation.
Source for Employment notes: California’s Mandatory Sick Leave, by Laura K. Sitar, Shareholder at Wroten & Associates.