UPDATED INFORMATION – Upcoming Changes to San Diego Paid Sick Leave


Upcoming changes to San Diego  Paid Sick Leave   

In our last update, we let you know that the San Diego City Council was considering amending the Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance.  The Implementing Ordinance was recently approved by the Mayor.

The Implementing Ordinance will take effect on September 2nd, 2016.  The updated ordinance will allow employers to:

  • Cap accrual of paid sick leave at 80 hours; or
  • “Front-load” each full-time, part-time and temporary employee with 40 hours of paid sick leave at the beginning of each benefit year. If using this “bank method,” employers are not required to track employees’ sick leave accrual and need not allow any unused sick leave to carry over to the following year.
  • Employers who provide employees with at least 40 hours of paid time off, paid vacation or paid personal days which can be used for the same purposes, and under the same conditions, of the ordinance will no longer be required to provide additional leave; and
  • Employers who provide more paid time off than is required by the ordinance will be in compliance with the law, even if the employer uses an alternative method for calculation of paid sick leave.

Important Links:

The required notices may be download from here.  The deadline for employers to meet posting and notice requirements is October 1, 2016.

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