Sick Pay

All California employers must provide paid sick leave to their employees. Under the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, starting July 1, 2015, an employee who works in California for 30 or more days within a year from the commencement of employment is entitled to paid sick days for certain prescribed purposes. (Labor Code § 246(b)(1).) The law applies to full-time, part-time, and even temporary or seasonal workers. (Id.) The rate of paid sick leave is the employee’s regular hourly rate of pay. (Labor Code § 246(k).) Upon oral or written request, employers must provide an employee paid sick days for the diagnosis, care, or treatment of an existing health condition or preventive care for the employee or the employee’s family member. (Labor Code § 246.5(a).) Paid sick days are also available for employees who are the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. (Id.)

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