California's Paid Sick Leave Law Imposes New Obligations

California's Paid Sick Leave Law Imposes New Obligations

Sep 11, 2014

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Brownstein Client Alert, September 11, 2014

Yesterday, Sept. 10, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014.” Effective July 1, 2015, the Act imposes requirements upon employers in California very similar to those enacted in other jurisdictions (such as New York City) with respect to paid sick leave.1 The Act establishes minimum requirements and does not preempt, limit or otherwise affect more generous laws and regulations. While many employers have policies that provide more generous paid sick leave to their employees, the new California law imposes some additional requirements that will force employers to modify their policies (and perhaps mesh them with local law, such as San Francisco’s paid sick leave requirements), provide additional notices, and update their recordkeeping practices or be subject to steep penalties.

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