The California paid sick leave law, also known as the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, was signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown, authorizing employers – including household employers – in California to provide their employees paid sick leave.
The law provides that an employee who works in California for 30 or more days in a year, beginning July 1, 2015, is entitled to accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. That works out to a minimum of 3 paid sick days (or 24 hours of paid sick time) in each year of employment. Employees are eligible to use accrued sick days beginning on the 90th day of employment. The bill also prohibits an employer from discriminating or retaliating against an employee who requests paid sick days.
Excluded from the new law are state-employed in-home workers.
California now becomes the second state in the country to mandate paid sick leave (Connecticut was the first).
For more information on how this may affect you as either a household employer or employee in California, please contact GTM’s Household Employment Experts at (888) 432-7972.