Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (AB 1522) effective July 1, 2015. Employers both public and private must provide paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked by the employee. The bill covers employees who work 30 days or more a year with certain exceptions. Only one other state, Connecticut, has a paid sick leave law for non-fulltime employees, although cities around the country, including San Francisco, have passed similar ordinances.
The bill’s sponsors claim that the Act will have a huge positive impact on individual workers and the public health. They say that with paid sick leave, employees will have lower recovery time and will be less likely to spread illness to other employees and in some cases consumers. Opponents say it will be too burdensome on small employers who will also be hit with an increase in the minimum wage soon.
There is a very good, detailed analysis of the Healthy Workplaces law at the “California PERB Blog” sponsored by the law firm of Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP.
Check out our post Sick Workers Making Burgers? The NLRB has ruled that employees have the right to post pictures on social media about sick workers making burgers in an effort to change the company’s paid sick leave. The NLRB has the power to regulate communications by workers including on social media sites when it is in an effort to better working conditions.