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California Sick Leave: What you need to know

All employers, both public and private, are required to provide paid sick leave to their employees, unless exempted by law. See the section on Paid Sick Leave, below, for details.
California courts have held that under certain circumstances, benefits, policies, or procedures as published in employee handbooks or in similar company media may constitute implied contracts that are binding and enforceable. Employers should regularly review policy statements made in handbooks or elsewhere to ensure that the statements accurately reflect current policies and that they comply with federal and state law.
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Any employer that offers sick leave must allow employees to use part of their accrued and available sick leave time in a calendar year to take care of a sick child, parent, spouse, domestic partner, or child of a domestic partner. Each year, employees are entitled to use the amount of sick leave they would earn in 6 months for this purpose.
This law does not extend the maximum period of leave to which the employee is entitled under the California Family Rights Act (FRA) or the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) (CA Lab. Code Sec. 233).
Employers that have absence control policies that count sick leave taken for this purpose as an absence that may lead to or result in disciplinary action are in violation of the law (CA Lab. Code Sec. 233, Sec. 234).
All employers, both public and private, are required to provide paid sick leave to their employees, unless exempted (CA Lab. Code Sec. 245 et seq.).
The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (the Act) requires that covered employers provide paid sick leave for employees for diagnosis, care, or treatment of an existing ...

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