The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act comes into effect on July 1, 2015. The statute requires employers to provide certain California employees at least THREE (3) days (or 24 hours) of paid time off per year to care for themselves or family members during a time of illness or to care for themselves and seek help if they are the victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
The purpose of the new law was to allow employees to recover from illness or injury faster so that they can return to work more productively. It is estimated that 6.5 million California employees, or 40% of the California workforce, will be affected by this new law. Are you one of these newly affected employees?
Women are set to have the most impact from this newly passed law as women tend to be both the family caregiver and employed in low-wage earning jobs that typically do not offer paid time off. Workers in the service industry are less likely to be offered sick time by their employers, which often leads to the spread of illness on a large scale. As such, the new law is expected to reap great benefits to the public at large. Employers are also expected to gain many benefits from this when the cost of employees being absent due to illness is less than the cost of decreased production due to ill employees.
The Law Offices of Payab & Associates is a Los Angeles based law firm with more than 17 years of experience in employment cases. Our office has successfully litigated many complex disputes including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, racial discrimination, wage and labor disputes, and retaliation cases.
Contact the Law Offices of Payab & Associates @ (818) 918-5522 or visit http://payablaw.com/ if you have any questions regarding your rights at the workplace.