On May 28th, the California Assembly approved AB 2716 which will require all California employers to provide paid sick leave to every worker. The bill passed on a partisan basis by a vote of 43-25. No Republicans supported the bill. This bill will now be sent to the Senate.
- Businesses of 10 employees or more would have to provide up to nine days of sick leave per year.
- Smaller providers would have to provide up to five days per year.
- Full-time and part-time workers would earn sick days at the rate of one hour per 30 hours worked.
- The benefit could be used after 90 days of employment.
- Employers can cap the annual sick leave
- The sick leave can be used for diagnosis, care or treatment of health conditions of the employee or the employee’s family member, or for leave related to domestic violence or sexual assault.
- Employers would be prohibited from discriminating or retaliating against any employee who requests paid sick days and would have to comply with specified posting requirements.
- Employees who do not receive the required sick days could bring an action for enforcement including attorneys’ fees.
The text of the bill can be reviewed at www.leginfo.ca.gov.
People interested in this bill should contact their senators.The Law Office of Phillip J. Griego 95 South Market Street, Suite 520 San Jose, CA 95113 Tel. 408-293-6341 Original article by Robert E. Nuddleman, former associate of The Law Office of Phillip J. Griego.
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