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Tax Alert: California Paid Sick Leave Takes Effect July 1, 2015

Hispanic man suffering from a bad coldAccording to the State of California’s Department of Industrial Relations, as of July 1st, 2015, all employers are required by law to provide three days of paid sick leave to their employees.

Below is an excerpt regarding employer responsibilities according to the California’s Department of Industrial Relations website:


“There are several things employers must do to comply with the Healthy Workplace Healthy Family Act of 2014 (AB 1522).

  • Display poster on paid sick leave (Spanish) (Vietnamese) where employees can read it easily.
  • Provide written notice to employees with sick leave rights (Spanish) (Vietnamese) at the time of hire.
  • Provide for accrual of one hour for every 30 hours worked and allow use of at least 24 hours or 3 days or provide at least 24 hours or 3 days at the beginning of a 12 month period of paid sick leave for each eligible employee to use per year.
  • Allow eligible employees to use accrued paid sick leave upon reasonable request.
  • Show how many days of sick leave an employee has available. This must be on a pay stub or a document issued the same day as a paycheck.
  • Keep records showing how many hours have been earned and used for three years.

Retaliation or discrimination against an employee who requests or uses paid sick days is prohibited. An employee may file a complaint with the Labor Commissioner against an employer who retaliates or discriminates against the employee for exercising these rights or other rights protected under the Labor Code. Local offices are listed at this website.”

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