California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR)

For lawyers who defend wage and hour cases in California, “PAGA” is a four-letter word. The Private Attorneys General Act allows private employees to sue to recover penalties that the state labor commissioner could have collected. Employers and their attorneys dislike PAGA for these reasons:

  • It drastically expands the ways that employers can be sued,

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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