July 17, 2015
After protracted negotiations, the California State Legislature passed AB 304 as urgent legislation to amend California’s mandatory paid sick leave law, also known as Healthy Workers, Healthy Families Act of 2014 or AB 1522 (the “Act”). The bill was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on July 13, 2015, making the amendments effective immediately. A copy of AB 304 can be found here.

Effective July 1, 2015, the Act required nearly all employers to provide paid sick leave for an employee who works in California for 30 days or more per year, regardless of the size of the employer or the type of employee; see previous coverage on specifics of the Act here. However, the Act as initially written caused significant confusion and contained many ambiguities, making the day-to-day application for some employers difficult. Accordingly, the California Legislature moved swiftly to put into effect “clean-up” amendments aimed at clarifying the uncertainties of the Act. The key areas of clarification for employers in the amendments include: rate of pay calculation, alternative accrual methods, recordkeeping requirements, and clarification on the definition of eligible employees and requirements for rehired employees.

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