California: Healthy Workplace Healthy Family Act of 2014

An employee who, on or after July 1, 2015, works in California for 30 or more days within a year from the beginning of employment, is entitled to paid sick leave. Employees, including part-time and temporary employees, will earn at least one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked. Accrual begins on the first day of employment or July 1, 2015, whichever is later.

Exceptions: Employees covered by qualifying collective bargaining agreements, In-Home Supportive Services providers, and certain employees of air carriers are not covered by this law.

An employer may limit the amount of paid sick leave an employee can use in one year to 24 hours or three days. Accrued paid sick leave may be carried over to the next year, but it may be capped at 48 hours or six days.

Usage: An employee may use accrued paid sick days beginning on the 90th day of employment. A request can be done verbally or in writing. The use is not limited to the employee, but may be used to care of a direct family member.

If an employer’s current sick policy exceeds the minimum requirement of benefits, including caps and rollover, they may keep their sick policy.
Paid Sick Leave is not paid out upon termination of employment, however if your return to the same employer within 12 months, you can reclaim what you had remaining.

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