California’s New Sick Leave Law (As Amended July 13, 2015) (7-24-15 Webinar Recording)

On July 13, 2015, less than two weeks after California’s paid sick leave law took full effect, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 304 making significant changes to the law.  Watch this complimentary webinar recording for an A to Z review of California’s paid sick leave law (as amended), plus heightened local law requirements that apply to employees working in Emeryville, Oakland, and San Francisco.

More specifically, this webinar reviews:

  • Which employers and employees are covered by California’s paid sick leave law.
  • The accrual requirement, accrual cap, carry over requirement, employee sick leave usage waiting periods, and requirement to reinstate unused sick leave upon re-hire of an employee within one year.
  • New alternative accrual methods and grandfathered policy protection under Assembly Bill 304.
  • The lump sum or yearly allotment alternative to accrual, including Assembly Bill 304’s new language on the time when employees may use such sick leave.
  • Assembly Bill 304’s new provision addressing “unlimited” sick leave or PTO plans.
  • New sick leave pay rate requirements under Assembly Bill 304.
  • The “usage cap,” including Assembly Bill 304’s significant change to the annual measurement period.
  • Qualifying reasons employees are entitled to use sick leave, and the lack of authorization for employers to require any form of medical documentation.
  • Anti-retaliation provisions and monetary liabilities.
  • Notice and record keeping requirements.
  • Key provisions to review/revise in existing sick leave and PTO policies, and how the law impacts unaccrued vacation/PTO plans.
  • How the law impacts attendance management by making inherently unpredictable sick leave absences legally protected, and may disproportionately complicate attendance management for employers that make general PTO available for sick leave use (i.e., instead of separating vacation and sick leave benefits).

This is an edited version of the webinar that was originally presented by Ray Hixson and Brian Nagatani on July 24, 2015.  Please note that the webinar provides only general information about the law, and does not constitute legal advice. Companies or individuals seeking legal advice should retain counsel.

Please note that HR and attorney continuing education credits are not available for watching this recorded program.

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