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Heads Up: New Paid Sick Leave Laws & Minimum Wage Increases in Los Angeles County, 2016

Are you aware of the recent changes to paid sick leave in the County of Los Angeles? That’s right. Los Angeles passed a new law on June 1st, 2016 that requires all employers with 26 or more employees to provide their employees with 48 hours of paid sick leave per year. Provided these employees are working 8-hour shifts, this would amount to 6 days worth of paid sick leave.

Some Things to Be Aware of…

The new law comes with many questions you may have. Here are some additional details regarding the new law that you should be aware of as you change your procedures, adjust your payroll, etc.

When Is Paid Sick Leave Accrued?

Employees are able to start accruing paid sick leave on the first day of employment or July 1, 2016, whichever is later. Even though employees are accruing paid sick leave, the employee is not entitled to use his or her paid sick leave until the beginning on the 90th day of employment or July 1, 2016, whichever is later. Accrued unused paid sick leave shall carry over to the following year of employment and may be capped at 72 hours.

How is Paid Sick Leave Accrued?

There are two ways in which paid sick leave may be accrued by employees:

A. Up front grant (aka all at once) – by providing the entire 48 hours to an employee at the beginning of each year of employment, calendar year, or 12-month period

B. Accumulate over time by providing the employee one hour of sick leave per every 30 hours worked.

What About Unused Paid Sick Leave?

Accrued and unused paid sick leave does not need to be paid out at separation from employment. If employee separates from the employer, and then is rehired by the employer within one year, the previously accrued and unused paid sick time must be reinstated. An employee may not waive their rights to the city’s paid sick leave law.

See the entire ordinance here.

Don’t Forget: Minimum Wage Increases Starting July 2016

With the new ordinance also contained information on the Minimum Wage increases that will take effect starting July 1st, 2016. Every July 1st there after will feature more increases. The chart of increases may be viewed below.

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Source of graphic used above.

If You Own a Business: Have You Complied with the Law?

The real sting in this equation is not as much to do with requiring 48 hours of paid sick leave, but rather that businesses had to comply with this new law by July 1st, 2016. That’s only a month worth of time to develop new policies within the company, adjust payroll, and then enact on the requirement to meet the deadline and avoid punishment.

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  • 3 Oct, 2016
  • Tom Elias
  • los angeles county paid sick leave, minimum wage increases 2016, paid sick leave laws 2016,

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