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What To Know About The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act

As of July 1st 2015, all California employers are required to provide paid sick leave benefits to their employees under the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014. As an engineering employment partner, SoloPoint Solutions wants to inform our employees and clients on some important facts about the law:

What is the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act?

More commonly known as California’s Paid Sick Leave Law, AB-1522, employees who work 30 or more days in California during a calendar year are to receive a minimum 3 days paid sick leave per year. Sick leave is described as absences from work for diagnosis, care or treatment (including preventative treatment) of an existing health condition or illness of an employee or of his/her family member.

Who qualifies for Paid Sick Leave?

W-2 full-time, part-time, per-diem, seasonal and contract employees are eligible for paid sick leave. Effective July 1st, all SoloPoint employees started accruing 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. For new employees, sick leave starts accruing on the first day of employment and can be used after a 90 day probationary period. Employers do not need to pay out accrued but unused sick leave when an employee separates from the company. However, if an employee leaves for any reason and is rehired within one year, previously accrued sick leave must be reinstated.

Employees are permitted to use their accrued paid sick leave in a minimum of 2-hour increments. Written or verbal notice must be given to the employer prior to usage of sick leave. If the need is foreseeable, the employee must give advanced notice. If the leave is unforeseen, the employee can give notice as soon as feasible.

At SoloPoint Solutions, we are diligently following the employer mandates of this law which includes keeping records of each employee’s sick day accrual and usage for 3 years.

As a co-employer, SoloPoint Solutions strives to protect both clients and employees by being up-to-date and compliant with all new State and Federal Employment Laws.  For more information on this subject or any of our employment services, please call us at (866)626-3322.