After many iterations, and weeping and gnashing of teeth, the CA paid sick leave (PSL) amendment bill (AB 304) has been signed by Governor Brown. AB 304 has a number of provisions that are intended to clarify the original law (AB 1522 – Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 or HW/HF). We suggested to many of our clients that the amendment would be more about the accrual method (1 hour of PSL for every 30 hours worked) rather than the frontload method (granting 24 hours or 3 days of PSL on July 1 or date of hire). Although not all of the changes are about the accrual, there is good news around the accrual options and determining how to pay PSL.
Click here to view the chart which includes the primary changes as noted by the State Senate analysis, and we encourage you to review the chart to determine which of these apply to your company. Our comments are in italics.
The jury’s still out on how much clarity surrounds this latest creation by our CA legislature. We’ll learn more along the way as the Labor Commissioner interprets the law and court cases begin.
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