Paid sick leave (PSL) is kind of like allergies, they keep coming back, but they can impact you a little differently each time. On March 29, 2017 the Labor Commissioner updated the FAQs on paid sick leave, specifically addressing questions for employers who used their own policy to comply with the PSL mandate – as opposed to implementing a new policy to address the new law back in July of 2015. If you used your own paid sick leave law that was already in effect, and did not implement a new plan, please check out the FAQ’s which now start by discussing “Grandfathered Plans.”
As we approach the second anniversary of the PSL law it is a good time to review your policies and how they have been implemented to ensure compliance. Here are a few tips:
- Review your attendance policy to make sure employees are not subject to any adverse action when using paid sick leave.
- Consider requiring employees to obtain prior approval for taking unpaid time off – especially if you have employees who “save up” their paid sick leave.
- Be aware of local ordinances, which are more generous than the State PSL plan, – they may impact your workforce and your policy.
- CEA has a Fact Sheet on our website with all local minimum wage and paid sick leave ordinances summarized. These rules change quickly – for example the City of Los Angeles recently updated its regulations and FAQs as well.
CEA is always here to help you navigate these issues. Sometimes management and essential skills training may be required to ensure proper delivery of your policies. Call us today!