Overview of Los Angeles' Paid Sick Time Campaign
On June 1, 2016, Los Angeles City Council overwhelmingly passed a paid sick time law, which was signed by the Mayor the following day and went into effect on June 6, 2016. Workers in businesses with more than 25 employees will be entitled to earn paid sick time beginning July 1, 2016, and can use paid sick time beginning on the 90th day of employment or July 1, 2016, whichever is later. Workers in smaller businesses, with 25 or fewer employees, will be entitled to paid sick time beginning July 1, 2017.
Los Angeles joins San Francisco, Oakland, Emeryville, San Diego, Santa Monica, and Berkeley in having a paid sick time law that is more generous than California’s statewide paid sick time law (which explicitly allows cities to go beyond the state requirements).
About Los Angeles' Paid Sick Time Law
Under the law, workers accrue one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, and can earn up to 48 hours of paid sick time a year. Workers are entitled to carry forward unused paid sick time to the following year, but employers may cap it at 72 hours.
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; parents; grandchildren; grandparents; spouses; registered domestic partners; parents of a spouse or domestic partner; siblings; and any individual related by blood or affinity whose close association with the worker is the equivalent of a family relationship. “Child” is defined as biological, adopted, or foster child, stepchild, legal ward, or the child of a worker standing in loco parentis to the child.
Los Angeles’s paid sick time law can also be used for “safe time” purposes related to domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, when the worker is a victim.
To learn more about the Los Angeles paid sick time law, how it works, and how it compares to other paid sick time laws, click here.
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