New CA Paid Sick Leave Law

Rick Watson

There is a new Paid Sick Leave Law in California that went into effect January 1, 2015. All churches must comply with this law. If your church does not have a written Sick Leave Policy, one should be written and implemented immediately. If you do have a policy, it should be reviewed to make sure it meets the requirements of the new law. Every church must comply with this new law. It applies to all church employees whether exempt or non-exempt, full-time or part-time, temporary, seasonal or casual. Your church should have received a new poster from the California Office of the Labor Commissioner. It must be displayed for all employees to easily read.

Even through the Paid Sick Leave Law (AB 1522) became operative on January 1, 2015, the right for employees to begin accruing and taking sick leave under this law did not go into effect until July 13, 2015. The California legislature passed (AB 304), which was designed to adjust how the law is implemented. Among other things, here are some of the amendments:

  • Clarify who is a covered worker
  • Discuss record keeping obligations
  • Provide alternative accrual methods
  • Address unlimited sick leave policies
  • Clarify protection for employers that already provide sick leave or paid time off before the new law
  • Explain rules regarding reinstatement of benefits for employees who are rehired
  • Provide alternative methods for paying employees who use paid sick leave
  • Exempt retired annuitants

The amendments clarified that the law applies to any employee who works in California "for the same employer" for 30 days or more within a year from the beginning of his or her employment.

Click here for a complete online description of the new law at the Department of Industrial Relations' website. This website provides a very comprehensive FAQ section that should answer most questions.

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