Under the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (Assembly Bill 1522), over 6.5 million Californians are now eligible to take paid sick leave. This is great news for California residents who work in industries such as retail, food and beverage, and tourism. This new law requires all employers, both public and private, to offer employees at least 3 paid sick days per year. Read on to learn more about this new law and how it applies to California employers and employees.
New Paid Sick Leave Law Overview
In September 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1522 into law requiring employers to provide three annual paid sick days to workers in California. The law, which took effect July 1, 2015, requires employers to provide paid sick leave to employees who work 30 or more days within a year from their employment start date. Employees must satisfy a 90-day employment period (probationary period) before taking any sick leave.
As of July 1, 2015, workers have the right to accrue and take sick leave.