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Oakland, California

Overview of Oakland’s Paid Sick Time Campaign 

On November 4, 2014, more than 81% of voters in Oakland approved a ballot measure to guarantee paid sick time, raise the minimum wage, and protect hospitality workers from wage theft!

This win in Oakland comes on the heels of a statewide paid sick time victory in California. Although most workers in California will be entitled to paid sick time next year, this law ensures that workers in Oakland have broader paid sick time rights! 

The paid sick time law will have a significant benefit across the city, as more than 56,000 workers in Oakland currently lack paid sick time.

About Oakland’s Paid Sick Time Law

Under Oakland’s paid sick time law, workers in businesses with 10 or more workers will be able to earn and use up to 72 hours of paid sick time a year for personal or family health issues, while workers in smaller businesses will be able to earn and use up to 40 hours of paid sick time a year.

Under the law, workers can use paid sick time to recover from their own illness or to care for sick family members. The law covers a broad range of family members: children; spouses; domestic partners (registered under a state or local law); parents; grandchildren; grandparents; siblings; and, if the worker does not have a spouse or domestic partner, a designated person of the worker’s choice.

Workers will begin to accrue paid sick time as of March 2, 2015. Workers hired after March 2, 2015, will not be entitled to begin using their accrued paid sick time until after 90 calendar days of employment with their employer.

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