Rx for Paid Sick Leave: Amendments Effective Immediately


On July 13, 2015, the Legislature passed “clean-up” amendments to the paid sick leave law—the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014. The Governor signed these amendments, and they take effect immediately.

AB 304 (Gonzales; D-San Diego) is urgency legislation passed to adjust how the law is implemented. The changes were intended to provide clarification and address some areas where employers expressed concern. Among other things, the amendments:

  • Clarify who is a covered worker;
  • Exempt retired annuitants;
  • Provide alternative accrual methods other than one hour for every 30 hours worked;
  • Clarify protections for employers that already provided paid sick leave or paid time off before January 1, 2015 (a grandfather clause);
  • Provide alternative methods for paying employees who use paid sick leave;
  • Explain the rules regarding reinstatement of benefits to rehired employees; and
  • Address unlimited sick leave policies.

CalChamber members can download our white paper, The Who, What, When and How of Mandatory Paid Sick Leave in California: New Amendments Effective July 13, 2015—it’s updated to reflect the recent amendments. Not a CalChamber member? Visit this page to download the updated white paper.

More CalChamber resources on paid sick leave are available at www.calchamber.com/paidsickleave.

Staff Contact: Gail Cecchettini Whaley

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About Gail Cecchettini Whaley
Gail Cecchettini Whaley, senior employment law counsel, joined the CalChamber in June 2011 with nearly 20 years of practice in employment law. Since joining the CalChamber staff, Whaley has been chief author of the popular HRWatchdog blog and HRCalifornia Extra e-newsletter. She is a contributor and editor for CalChamber’s various human resources compliance products, including the HRCalifornia website, and serves as a content expert. She earned a B.A. with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from the University of Southern California.