Beginning July 1, 2017, the paid sick leave provisions of Proposition 206 are effective. You may already have a paid sick leave policy in place and the benefits may exceed those required at the minimum under the new regulations. You can continue with that policy and aren’t required to adopt the provisions of Prop 206. These are the minimum that will be in effect.
- Download the Public Frequently Asked Questions – This resource has information on both the minimum wage provision in Prop 206 (which is already in effect) and the paid sick leave. The paid sick leave FAQ begin on page 15. All employers are subject to the new regulations.
For employers with 15 or more employees, employees accrue a minimum of one hour of earned paid sick time for every 30 hours worked but are limited to a maximum of 40 hours of earned paid sick time per year, unless the employer chooses to set a higher limit.
For employers with fewer than 15 employees, employees accrue a minimum of one hour of earned paid sick time for every 30 hours worked but are limited to a maximum of 24 hours of earned paid sick time per year, unless the employer chooses to set a higher limit.
There are requirements that employees be allowed to carry over certain amounts of unused accumulated sick time or be paid out for the sick time at year end.
Employers are required to give employees written notice of certain provisions of the regulations. This model notice can be used for this and it details what must be given to each employee for notification. If you have a combined labor poster of all the required information that has to be posted for employees, it might already include this notification. If you need a poster, Costco is one of the more cost effective sources and they update it during the year for changes. Some of the workman’s compensation insurers also give away free labor posters.
- Download the CHANGES ONLY version of the Frequently Asked Questions – This resource is an update to the first FAQ document issued and it appears some of the questions are a repeat from the first document. FAQ’s about paid sick leave begin on page 5.