California Senate Committee Considering Bill Requiring Paid Sick Leave

  27 July 2016

The California Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee is considering the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (AB 1522) which provides that an employee who on or after July 1, 2015, works in California for 7 or more days in a calendar year is entitled to paid sick days, to be accrued at a rate of no less than one hour for every 30 hours worked.

An employee would be entitled to use accrued sick days beginning on the 90th calendar day of employment. The bill would authorize an employer to limit an employee’s use of paid sick days to 24 hours or 3 days in each calendar year. However, sick leave would carry over to the following year, which is a major change in existing law. In addition, the proposed bill requires employers to provide paid sick days, upon the request of the employee, for diagnosis, care, or treatment of health conditions of the employee or an employee’s family member, or for leave related to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. The bill also prohibits an employer from discriminating or retaliating against an employee who requests paid sick days.