California Labor Commissioner Posts Template Sick Leave Poster and Labor Code Section 2810.5 Notice

The California Labor Commissioner has posted a template sick leave poster and an updated Labor Code Section 2810.5 notice pursuant to the new sick leave law, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Family Act of 2014. See AALRR Alert -  Governor Signs Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014: Paid Sick Days To Be Provided To Nearly All California Employees Effective July 1, 2015.

Employers must post the new posters starting January 1, 2015 in a conspicuous place.  Labor Code Section 247.  However, accrual of sick leave need not commence until July 1, 2015, according to the model poster created by the Labor Commissioner.

The Labor Commissioner also updated its Wage Theft Prevention Act, or Labor Code Section 2810.5, notice.  The new template form devotes a half page to explain employee rights under the new sick leave law.

The template form also contains four check boxes, of which employers must check one, indicating the level of paid sick leave provided to employees, or that the employer is exempt pursuant to Labor Code Section 245.5(a).  The template form does not account for an effective date, and the listed choices do not capture the myriad of approaches employers may take to complying with the law through the provision of sick leave or other paid time off.  As with previous iterations of the Labor Code Section 2810.5 model notice, employers are free to add content to the template.  See DLSE FAQ. Employers must begin providing updated Labor Code Section 2810.5 notice to employees discussing employee rights to sick leave starting January 1, 2015.

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