California Paid Sick Leave

The City of Los Angeles is not making it easy for employers operating within city limits.  First, they rushed through an ordinance implementing new paid sick leave requirements on an urgency basis that became effective July 1st.  And now, they have issued rules and regulations explaining the statute that quite frankly, are partially nonsensical, and

Can California employers require employees who request paid sick leave to provide a note from their doctors? I addressed that question last May in response to a webinar put out by the California Department of Industrial Relations, the agency that enforces California’s Paid Sick Leave law. In that webinar, the DIR said that requiring

As previously discussed, the California Department of Industrial Relations, which will enforce California’s new Paid Sick Leave law, put out a webinar to discuss compliance issues. According to the webinar, requiring employees to provide doctors’ notes could be construed as unlawful interference with their statutory right to the leave.

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California’s Department of Industrial Relations recently held a public webinar about the Paid Sick Leave that California employers must begin providing on July 1, 2015. We’ve discussed what the law requires generally here and here.

The DIR listed these 6 steps for employers to successfully comply with this law:

  1. Display the paid sick leave

I was presenting to a terrific group of HR Directors at the LA Restaurant HR Association last week, and a question about California’s new paid sick leave requirements came up. 

One sleeper provision of that new law requires that sick leave be paid at the employee’s “regular rate” and not the base hourly rate.  Of