White House to Press for Seven Days of Paid Sick Leave

Jan 15 2015 - Benefits, Time Off - Gail Cecchettini Whaley

President Obama will ask Congress to pass the Healthy Families Act, which would allow workers to earn up to seven days of paid sick days a year. The announcement came through a social network LinkedIn post from top presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett.

President Obama will outline his sick leave proposal today. Other announcements set for today include:

  • A call on states and cities to pass similar paid sick leave laws.
  • A new plan to help states create paid leave programs, including funding from the Department of Labor for feasibility studies to help states and municipalities figure out how to implement programs on their own.
  • The signing of a Presidential Memorandum that will give federal employees access to at least six weeks of paid sick leave when a new child arrives.

California, as most are aware, recently enacted the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, which requires employers to provide paid sick leave to California workers starting July 1, 2015. The paid sick leave law also contains a posting requirement that became effective January 1.

Gail Cecchettini Whaley, CalChamber Employment Law Counsel/Content

CalChamber members can read the HR Library’s updated Sick Leave page for an in-depth discussion of the new sick leave mandate. Also, our new Paid Sick Leave Checklist can help you develop practices in your workplace to prepare for the new mandate.

CalChamber’s 2015 California and Federal Employment Notices Poster and 2015 Required Notices Kit contain the new paid sick leave poster prepared by the California Labor Commissioner.

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