|

California Sick Leave: What you need to know

Currently, there is no California state law that requires private employers to provide employees with paid or unpaid sick leave, although many employers do grant it as an important employee benefit. It is important to remember, however, that if sick leave is promised, an employer may have a legal obligation to grant it. 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. If not, these policies should be changed or modified, and employees should be formally notified of the changes.
Effective July 1, 2015, all employers, both public and private, will be required to provide paid sick leave to their employees, unless exempted by law. See the section on Paid Sick Leave, below for details.
For a Limited Time receive a FREE HR Report on the "Critical HR Recordkeeping”.  This exclusive special report covers hiring records, employment relationships, termination records, litigation issues, electronic information issues, tips for better recordkeeping, and a list of legal requirements.  Download Now
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 ...

>> Read more about Sick Leave

More on this topic:

State Requirements

National | Alabama | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | District of Columbia | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming |

California Sick Leave Resources

Sick Leave Products

HR Redi2Use Form: Military Leave of Absence

This is your answer to document employee leave requests. A proven, prewritten form that covers specific policy situation exactly when you need it. "
HR Redi2Use Form: Sick Leave

This is your answer to document employee leave requests. A proven, prewritten form that covers specific policy situation exactly when you need it. "
Pay and Benefits Rules for Employees on Leave Recording
BLR Webinar: "Pay and Benefits Rules for Employees on Leave: Incentive-Based Comp, PTO, Insurance Premiums, and More""
Solving PTO Problems Webinar Recording
Solving PTO Problems: How to Reduce Unscheduled Absences Without Alienating Employees or Violating the Law"
FMLA Abuse Prevention for HR Webinar Recording
BLR Webinar: "FMLA Abuse Prevention for HR: How to Combat Chronic Call-Ins and Fraud""
Free Special Reports
Get Your FREE HR Management Special Report. Download Any One Of These FREE Special Reports, Instantly!
Featured Special Report
Claim Your Free Copy of Critical HR Recordkeeping

Record retention is complex and time consuming. However, in addition to complying with various federal and state laws, keeping good, well-organized records can be very helpful in documenting and supporting an organization’s employment actions.
Download Now!


This special report will discuss how you can ensure your records are in good order, and establish a record-retention policy.

Topics covered:
1. Hiring Records
2. Employment Relationships
3. Termination Records
4. Litigation Issues
5. Electronic Information Issues
6. Tips for Better Recordkeeping
7. A List of Legal Requirements

Make sure you have the information you need to know to keep your records in order.