Update on Paid Family Leave Laws

25 Jun

We are 1 week away from California’s start of our new Paid Sick Leave Law, which applies to all employers. (July 1, 2015) If you still have not written a paid sick leave policy or modified your company’s previous sick leave or Paid Time Off policy – NOW is the time to do so. Send us an email and we can help. You also need to revise the written notice you provide all new hourly employees, and we strongly suggest you use the same type notice for newly hired salaried employees. Let us know if you need help with that notice as well. You can contact us by email at dondressler1@hotmail.com
Oregon has become the fourth state, after Connecticut, California, and Massachusetts, to mandate that employers provide their employees sick leave benefits. Subject to certain exceptions, Senate Bill 454, signed by Governor Kate Brown on June 22, 2015, applies to all private-sector employers, regardless of the location of the employer’s primary place of business. The law goes into effect January 1, 2016.
Under the new law, private employers throughout the state are required to implement sick time policies that meet or exceed the law’s minimum benefits. Employers with operations outside of Portland and who have at least 10 employees working in the state will be required to provide employees up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year. Employers with Portland operations and who employ at least six employees anywhere in the state will similarly be required to provide up to 40 hours of paid sick leave benefits. The California law, by contrast, applies to all employers, even those with only 1 employee, but only requires a maximum of 24 hours (3 days) of paid sick leave a year.

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