Sick Leave

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Chicago City Council Approves Ordinance to Provide Paid Sick Leave

The Chicago City Council unanimously approved an ordinance, effective on July 1, 2017, requiring employers to provide employees with up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to sign the...more

Paid Sick Leave Is Coming to Chicago: Mark Your Calendars for July 1, 2017

An ordinance mandating paid sick leave for Chicago employees, first introduced in April, passed before the City Council on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Chicago will now join the growing list of cities with similar laws on the...more

Chicago to Become the Second City in the Midwest to Mandate Paid Sick Leave in 2016

On June 22, 2016, the Chicago City Council unanimously passed the Chicago Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (the “Ordinance”).  Chicago is the second city in the Midwest this year to pass a law granting employees...more

Minneapolis Passes Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance

On May 27, 2016, after more than six months of public discussion, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that will require all employers in the city to provide paid sick and safe leave to most workers....more

Chicago Employers Must Grant Paid Sick Time: FAQ

On June 22, 2016, the Chicago City Council voted unanimously in favor of an ordinance that will require every non-construction employer to provide its employees who work in the city with 40 hours of paid sick time per year....more

Los Angeles and Santa Monica Require Enhanced Sick Leave Benefits

Not satisfied with California’s Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 which provided paid sick leave to California workers starting in July of 2015, Santa Monica and Los Angeles joined a growing number of cities...more

Enactment of Los Angeles and San Diego Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinances Requires Employers to Reassess Their Policies

The cities of Los Angeles and San Diego recently approved minimum wage and sick leave ordinances that will apply to all employees who work within those cities’ geographical limits. Employers with employees who work in these...more

San Diego Voters Enact Paid Sick Leave, Higher Minimum Wage

Seyfarth Synopsis: After hitting some major roadblocks, the San Diego Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance has now been enacted. The Ordinance is to take effect this summer, most likely by the end of July. The...more

It’s Contagious: Paid Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Hikes Spread to Los Angeles and San Diego

Paid sick leave is on the rise, as we reported here, here, here, and here. As we approach the one-year compliance anniversary for state-mandated paid sick leave, employers now face additional compliance wrinkles in the Los...more

Disability Disparate Treatment Cases – Ninth Circuit Holds Employee Must Prove Actual Discrimination to Succeed

On June 7, 2016, in Alice Mendoza v. The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles (USCA 9th No. 14-55651 (“Mendoza”), the Ninth Circuit held that under the Americans with Disabilities Act, an employee alleging disability...more

Employment Law - June 2016 #2

California Considers Extending Fair Pay Act to Race, Ethnicity - Why it matters - Reflecting the nationwide trend of pay equity, a new bill under consideration by California legislators would extend the state's Fair...more

Chicago Poised to Become Next City to Require Paid Sick Leave for Employees

Last week, Chicago became poised to join a growing group of U.S. cities to mandate paid sick leave for employees when a Chicago City Council committee passed a bill that would provide employees with at least 40 hours per year...more

Los Angeles Expands Sick Pay Obligations Beyond Current State Law Requirements

Action Item: On June 2, 2016, Mayor Garcetti signed Los Angeles’ new Minimum Wage Ordinance (“the Los Angeles Ordinance”), which effectively affords employees who work in the City of Los Angeles twice the amount of paid sick...more

Three California Municipalities Enact New Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Laws

The trend toward local regulation of employment laws continues in California with three new local wage and hour enactments....more

Los Angeles Approves Minimum Wage Increases and Mandates Employers to Provide 48 Hours of Paid Sick Leave

Employers in the City of Los Angeles will need to review their current minimum wage and paid sick leave policies to ensure they comply with the new City ordinance increasing the minimum wage and extending paid sick leave...more

Los Angeles, San Diego Approve Paid Sick Leave Ordinances, Joining Santa Monica and Other Cities

The Los Angeles mayor has approved a paid sick leave ordinance that requires employers to provide 48 hours of paid sick leave each year, twice the amount required under California’s statewide paid sick leave law. San Diego...more

Los Angeles Employers Must Pay Higher Minimum Wages And Provide Expanded Paid Sick Leave

Los Angeles Employers Must Pay Higher Minimum Wages And Provide Expanded Paid Sick Leave - On July 1, 2016, employers who have more than 25 employees performing some work in the City of Los Angeles (the "City") will need...more

Los Angeles One-Two Punch: Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Changes Go Into Effect in July

Los Angeles is once again in the spotlight as it implements changes in its laws that will impact many of its employers and their employees beginning July 1, 2016. On June 1, 2016, the City Council passed the Los Angeles...more

San Diego's Expansion of Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave

Recently, San Diego voters approved Proposition I, which requires San Diego employers to provide higher minimum wages and five days of paid sick leave to employees working in the city. The new requirements are set to take...more

Are Higher Wages Coming To A City or County Near You? The Minimum Wage Legislation Trend As Told By California

From city to county to state, in the past three years, Californians have witnessed extensive propagation of minimum wage legislation at the local level. After staying silent for several years, the upper echelons of...more

Alert: City of San Diego Raises Minimum Wage, Requires Paid Sick Leave

On June 7, 2016, voters in the City of San Diego, California approved, by referendum, the San Diego City Council's minimum wage increase ordinance that had previously been vetoed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer. The ordinance...more

Los Angeles Implements Paid Sick Leave Policy That Doubles State Mandate

On June 1, 2016, the Los Angeles City Council finalized the City’s paid sick leave ordinance. Effective July 1, 2016, Los Angeles employers with 26 or more employees must provide employees with paid sick leave benefits, while...more

San Diego Voters Approve Minimum Wage and Sick Pay Measure

Voters in the city of San Diego overwhelmingly supported a June 7 ballot measure that imposes a citywide minimum wage and also obligates businesses to provide sick pay benefits to employees. Employers with workforces in San...more

Voters Approve Paid Sick Leave Changes in San Diego and San Francisco

After enduring years of drought, California employers find themselves in a phenomenon of equal concern: a cruel summer. In the span of one month, two new local paid sick leave laws were signed and amendments to two existing...more

City of Los Angeles Doubles Employee’s Sick Leave Entitlement Effective July 1, 2016

Like its neighbor Santa Monica and other major California cities including San Francisco and Oakland, the City of Los Angeles approved its own sick leave entitlement ordinance on June 2, 2016. The Los Angeles Ordinance...more

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