On October 4, California Governor Newsom signed SB 616, expanding the state's paid sick leave law known as the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act.
Effective January 1, 2024, employees will be entitled to take up to five days (40 hours) of paid sick leave, rather than the current three days (24 hours).
Presently, employers may cap an employee's banked, accrued paid sick leave at 48 hours or 6 days. As of January 1, 2024, however, employers will be able to cap the amount only at 80 hours or 10 days.
Employees accrue at least one hour of paid sick leave per 30 hours of work.
Full-time, part-time, and temporary workers are eligible to take the leave if they meet these qualifications:
Employees may take paid sick leave to:
Under the law, when an employee accumulates an amount of leave that equals the "cap" amount, they no longer accrue more but they may immediately restart accruing more leave when they use leave, and their banked amount falls below the cap.
Instead of allowing employees to accrue the leave, employers may choose to front-load all the paid sick leave at one time.
Key to Remember: Employers with employees in California should prepare for more paid sick leave becoming available January 1, 2024.
This article was written by Darlene M. Clabault, SHRM-CP, PHR, CLMS, of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. The content of these news items, in whole or in part, MAY NOT be copied into any other uses without consulting the originator of the content.