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Paid sick leave secured in another California city

Many studies conducted through the years have found that workers are more productive when they are happy and healthy. Not only does providing employees with paid sick leave and other employment benefits help to minimize personal financial difficulties resulting from illness but it is also known to promote employee satisfaction and retention. That is why cities all across the state of California are considering changes to policies regarding workplace injuries and illnesses.

The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 was recently approved by the state senate’s Appropriates Committee, potentially providing state workers with at least three days of paid sick leave each year. And now another California city has been added to the list those requiring employers to offer paid sick leave to workers. San Diego is the 10th city to guarantee paid sick leave, after the mayor’s veto of the city ordinance was overturned by the city council recently.

San Diego employers are now required to provide employees with information regarding paid sick leave, and employees are expected to give as much notice as they can before using their leave. Employees are not required to cover the hours that they take off with a replacement, and they may use earned sick leave hours to care for a family member and/or deal with several other defined personal issues. Another stipulation of the city ordinance is that unused hours will carry over to the next year and employers have the right to cap off paid sick leave at 40 hours a year. The ordinance goes into effect April 1, 2015.

California employees facing illness and/or injuries have many rights they may not be aware of. An experienced attorney can help people understand their legal protections and options.

Source: The National Law Review, “Add San Diego to the Growing List of Paid Sick Leave Jurisdictions,” Aug. 19, 2014

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