Am-I-Entitled-to-Paid-Sick-Leave-In-California.jpg (2149×1159)Employers used to be able to decide how they wanted to proceed when it came to giving their employees sick leave. While most employees were happy to give their employees some time off to use when they weren’t feeling well, this didn’t apply to everyone. Many employees had to take unpaid time off when they were ill (or had to go to work even when they weren’t feeling the best).

This all changed in the state of California in 2015. It took full effect on July first. Then, several cities made their own laws, making employers give their employees even more sick leave. All California employers must follow the new sick leave law. For those that are located in Oakland and San Francisco, the rules are even stricter.

Here are the laws for California and certain cities to make sure that your business is treating your employees correctly. 

California’s New Sick Leave Ordinance

The new law states that:

Oakland’s Sick Leave Ordinance

Employers in Oakland must follow these guidelines:

San Francisco’s Sick Leave Ordinance

San Francisco’s sick leave policy started in 2007. They were one of the first cities to require paid sick leave for employees.

Any employer in the city and county of San Francisco must follow these guidelines:

So, what does this mean for employees?

California employers are required by law to be compliant with both state and local paid sick leave ordinances. They are not allowed to take any action against employees who take days off when they are not feeling well.

So, what happens if they don’t comply? These businesses could be facing fines and penalties. Because of this, if your sick time is being denied, you have a right to seek compensation.

What can you do if you believe that you were denied paid sick leave?

If you deserve to be paid sick leave and you believe that you were wrongfully denied, don’t hesitate to take legal action. Visit us at Aiman-Smith & Marcy or call to schedule an appointment to learn more about your employee rights at 510-817-2711.

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