By Judy Greenwald, Crain News Service
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Sept. 12, 2014) — California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Sept. 10 legislation that provides California workers with up to 24 hours or three days of paid sick leave per year.
The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014—A.B. 1522—which takes effect July 1, 2015, permits workers to take the paid sick leave on behalf of themselves as well as family members.
The legislation provides that workers would be entitled to paid sick leave after working 90 days, and that it would accrue at a rate of no less than one hour for every 30 hours worked.
“Whether you're a dishwasher in San Diego or a store clerk in Oakland, this bill frees you of having to choose between your family's health and your job,” Gov. Brown said in a statement. “Make no mistake, California is putting its workers first.”
Under current state law, approximately 6.5 million workers in California cannot take a paid day off when they are ill or a family member is sick, according to the statement.
This report appeared on the website of Crain's Business Insurance magazine, a Chicago-based sister publication of Tire Business.