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Beginning July 1, 2020, California’s family temporary disability insurance program, also known as the paid family leave program (“PFL”), will provide partial wage replacement benefits for up to eight weeks in any 12-month period, which is an increase from the maximum of six weeks presently available.  The benefits are available for employee who take time off to bond with a minor child within one year of the birth or placement of the child in connection with foster care or adoption.  For purposes of new child bonding, California touts the expanded leave benefit as providing each family with a total of four months of PFL – two months per parent.

  “And Next Up. . . .”  The City of Oakland Enacts Its Own Emergency Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

On May 12, 2020, the Oakland City Council approved an ordinance establishing emergency paid sick leave for Oakland employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Oakland now joins several other jurisdictions in California in taking action to supplement the emergency sick leave already provided by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

The City of Long Beach, California enacted a new supplemental paid sick leave ordinance on May 19, 2020, which is effective immediately.  The ordinance applies to employers with 500 or more employees nationally and excludes those who are required to provide paid sick leave benefits under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act. 

Los Angeles Issues Rules and Regulations Detailing Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Requirements

We recently discussed the Los Angeles Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (“LA SPSLO”), which requires certain employers to provide supplemental paid sick leave benefits to its employees for purposes relating to COVID-19. Following the issuance of this Emergency Order, on April 11, 2020, the Los Angeles Office of Wage Standards issued rules and regulations intended to help affected businesses better understand their responsibilities under the new LA SPSLO. These new regulations provide clarity on the following issues:

San Francisco— First City in California to Announce It Will Provide Paid Sick Leave Benefits for Employees Affected by COVID-19—Others Will Likely Follow

With the rapid spread of the pandemic—COVID-19, employees have been sent home due to business closures, factory shutdowns, temporary lay-offs, and forced quarantines.  Other employees remain home due to their own illness, to care for someone who has fallen ill, or to care for children who can no longer attend school.  Amongst the chaos, many employees are scrambling to survive to pay rent, monthly bills and other expenses without any source of income.

The California Department of Industrial Relations (“DIR”), the agency that oversees the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (“DLSE” or “the Labor Commissioner”), workers’ compensation, and Cal-OSHA (among other things), released guidelines confirming its interpretation of California wage and hour laws potentially applicable to the workplace in light of the spread of COVID-19.

Berkeley’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance took effect October 1, 2017.  The Berkeley minimum wage also increased on October 1, 2017.  And earlier this month, the City issued new guidance on its Family Friendly and Environment Friendly Workplace and Paid Sick Leave Ordinances.  The details of the Ordinances are outlined below.

Minimum Wage

Berkeley’s current minimum wage is $12.53 per hour and is scheduled to ...

Earlier this year, voters in San Francisco approved amendments to the San Francisco Paid Sick Leave Ordinance in an effort to streamline the Ordinance’s provisions with that of the California sick leave law.  The changes to the San Francisco law take effect January 1, 2017.

Among the revisions to the Ordinance are the following provisions:

  • Explicitly recognizes front-loading sick leave, which it labels ...
Categories: Employee Benefits

In early June 2016, the Mayor and Los Angeles City Council approved an increase to the number of paid sick days to six days (48 hours) for employees working in the City of Los Angeles, doubling the three days required by the State.  Los Angeles will join more than 20 cities and counties throughout the nation who have mandated minimum paid sick days.

Beginning July 1, 2016, employers with 26 or more employees will be ...

On April 26, 2016, the Santa Monica City Council approved amendments to its Sick Leave Ordinance (“Ordinance”) delaying its implementation until January 1, 2017.  This change will give employers extra time to comply with the Ordinance.  However, the Santa Monica minimum wage remains effective July 1, 2016, to increase to $10.50.

Rather than rushing to implement the new law this summer, the amended ...

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