Tips for Complying with California Sick Leave

Tips for Complying with California Sick Leave


California Sick Leave Webinar

Following the state of Connecticut, California was the second state in the nation to mandate paid sick leave. It became effective on July 1st, 2015 as part of the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Family Act of 2014. The state requirement for Sick Leave, generally stated, is that employees are entitled to 24 hours or 3 days of paid sick leave per year with a maximum required carryover up to 48 hours. This time is accrued at 1 hour for every 30 hours worked, or in other words, a typical 40-hour workweek would result in 1.33 hours of accrued paid sick leave per week.

California Sick Leave Has its Challenges

A number of factors can make sick leave particularly challenging for California employers, such as an adequate system for tracking accrued and used hours or the fact that differing cities are enacting their own ordinances and application of sick leave that must be adhered to remain compliant.

In our recent webinar on “California Sick Leave” special guest presenter Lynn Housley, President of Integrity HR, discusses a number of considerations for employer sick leave compliance. Below we’ve provided a few tips from the webinar, but to view the webinar in full now, simply click the link provided below.

3 Tips from the California Sick Leave Webinar

  1. Sick Leave is not considered a form of wages, meaning that those hours are not required to be paid when employment separation occurs. However, if the employee is rehired within a year, previously accrued sick hours are to be reinstated.
  2. Paid Sick Leave hours may be front-loaded to simplify administration, or in other words, made available in full at the beginning of the year period for employee use.
  3. Employer “retaliation,” such as discharging, demoting, threatening or discrimination, as a result of employees taking sick leave is prohibited.


View the Recording

To watch the 30-minute webinar in full for a more comprehensive view of California Sick Leave, click the following link:

Automate Sick Leave Tracking

One of the most important steps in any form of compliance is using the right tools… tools that simplify and automate the process. At Payroll Link we offer full Leave Management automation through our unified Human Capital Management (HCM) suite and a unified Time & Labor solution to conveniently track employee time and time off. To learn more about these valuable tools, contact one of our HR Consultants at Payroll Link.