Thursday, Oct 9, 2014

On September 10th, CA Assembly Bill 1522 (also known as the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014) was passed into law, and will take effect in July 2015. While this new law mandates that all employers must offer at least three paid sick days per year, San Francisco’s existing Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (PSLO) supersedes most, though not all, of the requirements of AB 1522.

The San Francisco Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, enforced since February 2007, requires all employers to offer sick leave to full-time, temporary, and part-time employees. However, there are provisions of AB 1522 (Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014) that differ from the San Francisco ordinance. For example, where the SF PSLO stipulates that accrual begin 90 calendar days after being hired, now accrual begins at the commencement of employment, and employees are entitled to use their accrued paid sick days starting at the 90th day of employment.

Accrual for SF employees is one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. For employees of employers for which fewer than 10 persons work, there is a cap of 40 hours of accrued paid sick leave. For employees of other employers, there is a cap of 72 hours of accrued sick leave. These “caps” are for a given point in time, and are not annual caps. More information about San Francisco’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance is available at the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement website, including a copy of the official Paid Sick Leave Notice.