The Los Angeles City Council voted recently to require all employers in the city to offer employees at least six days of paid sick leave a year, which is twice the mandatory minimum under California labor law.
The new sick leave ordinance would take effect on July , 2016 after a final vote, which coincidentally is scheduled with the minimum wage hike from $9 to $10.50 an hour in Los Angeles.
As with the phased-in wage ordinance enacted last year, employers employing 25 or fewer workers would get an extra year to begin providing the annual paid sick leave minimum of 24 hours which is equivalent to three days for employees who work eight-hour shifts.
Employers would have the discretion to provide the 24 hours up front or to require workers to accrue the sick leave at the rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked.
As approved by the council, employees can also use their sick-leave entitlement to tend to an ill family member.
There are still some issues that need to be worked out prior to final council approval such as:
• Whether a doctor’s note will be required for the additional 24 hours of leave;
• Who qualifies as a “family member”; and
• When the ordinance will become effective.
The council will now require the city attorney to put the proposed ordinance into draft language for the council to vote on in final action expected to take place within the next month.
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