Employers should always be on top of legislative news in order to ensure they are aware of changes made to state employment law codes. Too often, employers who are not in the loop end up lacking in implementation, eventually putting their company in a tight spot.
According to a series of reports, effective July 1st, 2015, employers will be required to offer paid sick leave to their employees. In accordance with the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 code, employers of all sizes are required to revise their sick leave policies in order to ensure they are complying with the new legislation.
The new law instructs employers to provide at least one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. All employees are eligible once they have put in 30 hours of work.
Once the employee has worked 30 days, he or she is eligible to claim one hour of paid sick leave. While the new law gives employees more sick leave hours overall, it also gives employers more flexibility to limit the use of this benefit. According to the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act, employers may either allow the accumulated paid sick leave to roll over to the next fiscal year or simply limit its use in that particular year to either three days or 24 hours. This was made possible since the law has required companies to provide the employee with his or her full paid amount of sick leave at the preamble of each employment year. If the employer is unable to do so, the carry–over will then be required.
For more information on how to ensure your company is following the law, click here to read more on how to implement the new requirements and post new signs so your new employees are aware of the changes.