DIR Releases a Reminder for Employers: California Paid Sick Leave Law Goes into Effect Today

The Labor Commissioner and the Department of Industrial relations have issued a news release reminding employers that today California’s paid sick leave law goes into effect.

“With California’s new paid sick leave law in effect, most workers now won’t have to choose between their family’s health and their job,” said Christine Baker, Director of the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR).

The Healthy Workplace Healthy Family Act of 2014 (Assembly bill 1522) generally provides most employees the ability to accrue at least one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, paid at the regular rate of the worker’s wages. The employer can also provide employees at least 24 hours of sick leave up front for use during the year. Workers may begin using their accrued hours beginning on the 90th day of employment.

“In order to help achieve healthier workplaces, my office is committed to providing essential education to workers and employers on their rights and responsibilities under the new paid sick leave law,” said Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su.

Retaliation or discrimination against an employee who requests paid sick days or uses paid sick days or both are prohibited. An employee can file a complaint with the Labor Commissioner against an employer who retaliates or discriminates against an employee.

Employers and workers can refer to Payroll Masters webpage or the DIR’s webpage for more information on the new law, including a recorded training webinar and presentation slides, as well as FAQ’s. DIR has also produced a short video on the new law.

The Labor Commissioner’s Office, formally known as the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, inspects workplaces for wage and hour violations, adjudicates wage claims, enforces prevailing wage rates and apprenticeship standards in public works projects, investigates retaliation and whistleblower complaints, issues licenses and registrations for businesses, and educates the public on labor laws. Updated information on California labor laws is available online.

The Labor Commissioner’s Office is a division within DIR.

Source: DIR

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