Getting Ready For The Healthy Families Act of 2014

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On September 9, 2014, CA Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1522, also known as the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014.

This law will go into effect in July, 2015 and unless a collective bargaining agreement is in place, will apply to all employers operating with the State, including those who already offer paid time off (PTO).

This law entitles exempt or non-exempt employees who are employed in CA for 30 days or more to accrue paid sick leave. The sick leave will be accrued at the employee’s regular rate of pay of not less than one hour per every 30 hours worked beginning on the first day of employment or the effective date of the new law (July 1, 2015) whichever is later. Unless the employee normally works less than 40 hours in a workweek, an employee shall be entitled to use accrued paid sick days beginning on the 90th day of employment, after which the employee may use paid sick days as they are accrued.

The sick leave may be used for the employee, his or her family, or for treatment related to sexual assault or domestic violence.   Accrued paid sick days carry over to the following years of employment, however, employers are permitted to limit an employee’s use of paid sick days to 24 hours or 3 days in each year of employment.

The law prohibits employers from discriminating or retaliating against an employee who requests paid sick days, allows the California Labor Commissioner to impose administrative fines for violations of the law, and authorizes the California Attorney General to recover civil penalties including attorneys’ fees, costs and interest against employers who violate any of these provisions.

Please Note:   This Act applies to all employers regardless of the number of employees.

HR Advisors, Inc. will be sending our clients more information on this Act as we receive it.

If you are interested in an in-depth discussion on these topics or if you need assistance in the above-mentioned areas, please contact your HR On Demand Specialist at HR Advisors today at 877.344.8324, or via email at hrod@hradvisors.com.

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