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New California Paid Sick Leave Changes For 2024

What You Need to Know:

  • On September 13, 2023 the California legislature passed S.B. 616, which is expected to expand the State’s existing paid sick leave mandate, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, in significant ways.

  • The proposed amendment will increase the annual amount of California paid sick leave from three days or 24 hours, to five days or 40 hours for eligible employees. The increase to five days or 40 hours impacts several substantive topics, including the amount of available paid sick leave eligible employees can use in a year, and the amount of paid sick leave employers who follow a front loading setup must grant in order to avoid accrual and year-end carryover obligations.

  • The proposed amendment also raises the California paid sick leave accrual cap from 48 hours to 80 hours.

  • Unless Governor Gavin Newsom vetoes the bill (which is not expected), the amendment will take effect on January 1, 2024.

To read more about the changes that will take effect, please visit the following website that offers a great resource for updates on California employment law:

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