California’s Paid Sick Leave Law Effective July 1

Heads up, California employers –  are you compliant with California’s Paid Sick Leave Law effective July 1?


Don’t fret – you’re in good hands! We’ll walk you through the basics and make sure you have all the facts.

Let’s have a quick history lesson: Back in September, we briefly blogged about Governor Jerry Brown signing the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 on September 10, 2014. This act, AKA Assembly Bill 1522, entitles employees to accrue up to three paid sick days in a twelve-month period starting July 1, 2015.  The statewide law applies to almost all employers and only the following are exempt:

  • Employees covered by collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) with certain provisions
  • Providers of in-home supportive services
  • Certain covered employees of the airline industry

 2015 Paid Sick Leave in the U.S.

Two other states in the nation have also recently enacted paid sick leave laws: Connecticut and Massachusetts.  Connecticut’s statewide 2015 paid sick leave required a new Paid Sick Leave labor poster just this past March. Massachusetts required a new Earned Sick Time labor poster in June. In addition, there are a slew of city ordinances regarding paid sick leave — Tacoma (WA)Philadelphia (PA),Trenton (NJ), Montgomery County (MD) and San Francisco (CA) which all require a paid sick leave labor poster. What’s more, Spokane, Chicago and San Diego are also considering paid sick leave ordinances and I’m sure there will be many more cities and states involved in .


Let’s get back to the West Coast: California’s new law also requires posting labor posters, notice and recordkeeping. Did you know employers are required to:

  • Keep at least 3 years of documentation that records the hours worked, sick days accrued and used by every employee?
  • Give written notice at the time of hire about this new paid sick leave law?
  • Provide employees with written notice of available PTO or paid sick leave available on payday?
  • Post a paid sick leave labor poster alerting employees of their rights?

2015 CA Paid Sick Leave Labor Posters

Luckily, Poster Compliance Center’s California labor posters already include the 2015 paid sick leave  poster  to ensure you are in compliance with the posting requirements set forth in this law. This was one of several updates to the labor poster in 2015 – and labor poster updates do not appear to be slowing down anytime soon… you can read more about the 2016 CA new labor laws and posters.

Getting a migraine from all the labor law activity? Let us take care of the heavy lifting when you subscribe to our OneSystem 1-Year Compliance Plan. At least you can take labor posters off of your To Do list every time a change occurs. You can rest easy knowing you’ll automatically receive what is required – period.

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