In 2024, California will see an increase in paid sick day leave due to the expansion of the California Paid Sick Leave (PSL) law. Here are some important points to know about the increase
California has recently expanded the amount of paid sick leave guaranteed to workers. Effective January 1, 2024, employees will be entitled to five paid sick days per year, up from three days previously. This change is significant as it will provide more workers with the ability to take time off to recover from illness or care for a sick family member without having to worry about losing pay.
Key Provisions of the New Law
Employees will accrue paid sick leave at the rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 40 hours or five days per year.
Employees can use paid sick leave for any reason related to their own or a family member's health.
Unused paid sick leave can be carried over to the following year, up to a maximum of 40 hours or five days.
Impact on Businesses
Business groups have expressed concerns about the cost of the extra time off. However, proponents of the law argue that the benefits of having a healthier workforce outweigh the costs. They also point out that the new law is in line with similar laws in other states.
Employers must notify employees of their paid sick leave rights and how to use them. They must also keep records of employees' paid sick leave accruals and usage.
For more information about California's paid sick leave laws, please visit the following resources:
DIR Paid Sick Leave Helpline: 1-800-743-5810
Employment Law Enforcement Hotline: 1-800-883-7263