New California Sick Leave Law—All You Need To Know

Request Sick Leave New California Sick Leave Law—All You Need To Know

Ch-Ch-Changes—New California Sick Leave Law

As there’s no permanent federal law that regulates paid sick leave, rules differ from one state to another. Only a handful of states—15 and D.C.—have local- or state-level laws about paid leave.

One such state is California, which introduced California’s Healthy Workplace Healthy Family Act in 2014. There have been recent changes to it, though. In this article, we’ll show you what the new California sick leave law brings and explain how you can call in sick hassle-free if you subscribe to DoNotPay.

How California Paid Sick Leave Law Works

California law offers paid sick leave to full-time, part-time, seasonal, and temporary workers of all industries.

The minimum paid leave you can accrue is 30 hours in a year, but some cities have local laws that overrule that limit and offer more generous leaves. Take a look at the following table to find information about the amount of paid sick leave in certain California cities:

City in California1–9 Employees10–24 Employees25 or More Employees
Oakland40 hours72 hours/
San Francisco48 hours72 hours/
Santa Monica/40 hours72 hours
Berkeley/48 hours72 hours
San Diego40 hours
Los Angeles48 hours

Bear in mind that under the law, you are not required to obtain a doctor’s note to ask for sick leave, so the employer can’t force you to work sick if you don’t have one.

What Changes the New California Sick Leave Law Brings

In 2021, California introduced new legislation that covers sick day rules concerning COVID-19. With the new law, companies with at least 25 employees must provide supplemental paid sick leave to staff members for the following reasons:

  • Quarantine or isolation
  • Vaccination appointment
  • Symptoms related to a COVID-19 vaccine
  • Symptoms of the virus
  • Caregiving to a family member with COVID-19
  • Caregiving to a child whose school closed due to the pandemic

Keep in mind that the new law:

  1. Doesn’t apply to work-at-home employees
  2. Allows the employer to ask for a doctor’s note

Other Laws and Rules You Can Turn To

Outside of the state law, you can get sick leave based on:

The first two are federal-level acts. The FMLA provides 12 weeks of unpaid sick leave per year, while the EPSLA is a temporary law that applies to employees with COVID-19.

Note that many companies often offer better sick leave terms to have more appeal. Check your company’s policy to see if that’s the case with your employer.

How To Get Sick Days Off Easily With DoNotPay’s Help

You shouldn’t go to work when feeling sick, especially if you have Coronavirus or experience the symptoms. Luckily, the new California law allows you to get paid while on leave, but you still need to call your employer or send an email request.

If you don’t know how to write a request or are too sick to do it, DoNotPay will do it for you in no time. Our Request Sick Leave product will draft a professional sick leave request letter based on the applicable law and the information you provide.

You only need to sign up for DoNotPay, locate the product, and:

  1. Insert the state the company is in
  2. Answer a few questions about the company
  3. Enter the dates on which you’ll be absent from work
  4. Choose to download the letter or have DoNotPay send it to your employer

If your employer denies your lawful right and rejects your request or punishes you for it, you can—and should—sue them for mistreatment. Use our Small Claims Court tool to guide you through the process.

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