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California Considering Expanding Paid Sick Leave to Seven Paid Days

SB 616, sponsored by California State Senator Lena Gonzalez, proposes to significantly increase mandatory paid sick leave for California employees. If enacted, it would raise the annual entitlement from 24 to 56 hours, with the accrual cap increasing from 48 to 112 hours. Click here for article.

Current Paid Sick Leave: Currently, California employees are entitled to 24 hours (or 3 days) of paid sick leave within their first 120 calendar days of employment.

  • Proposed Changes:

  • Increased Entitlement: SB 616 would increase annual paid sick leave to 56 hours (or 7 days) starting in 2024.

  • Accrual Method: Employees must have no less than 56 hours of accrued sick leave or paid time off by the 280th calendar day of employment or each calendar year.

  • Accrual Cap: The accrual cap would rise from 48 hours (or 6 days) to 112 hours (or 14 days).

  • Senate Approval: SB 616 has been approved by the California Senate Labor, Public Employment, and Retirement Committee and will proceed to the Senate appropriations committee for consideration.

  • Sponsor: The bill is sponsored by California State Senator Lena Gonzalez from Los Angeles County.


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