Paid Sick Leave Dominates HRWatchdog’s Top Posts of 2015

Dec 31 2015 - General - Gail Cecchettini Whaley


California businesses and HR professionals alike know it’s crucial to stay on top of ever-changing employment laws, trends and best practices. Information about changes to leaves of absence laws is crucial to the HR job, as demonstrated by the top blog posts from last year (based on page views).

The number one post for 2015 related to the July 1 amendments to California Family Rights Act (CFRA) regulations: Brace Yourself: Amendments to CFRA Regulations Approved, Take Effect July 1. Several changes were made to align the CFRA regulations more closely with the federal Family and Medical leave Act (FMLA) regulations.

Other changes were made to:

  • Provide guidance on certain definitions, such as how to determine when businesses will be considered joint employers under CFRA; and
  • Clarify the current state of the law as interpreted by the courts.

Updates to federal FMLA forms also made the list of the top 10 posts.

Of the remaining top 10 HRWatchdog posts for the past year, eight related to California’s mandatory paid sick leave law: the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014. Employers were required to begin providing the paid sick leave benefit on July 1, 2015. However, less than two weeks later, the state Legislature amended the paid sick leave law to provide clarification and address some areas where employers expressed concern.

Employers still have many questions regarding the mandatory paid sick leave law.  CalChamber members can download our white paper, The Who, What, When and How of Mandatory Paid Sick Leave in California: New Amendments Effective July 13, 2015 — it’s updated to reflect the amendments.

Not a CalChamber member? Visit this page to download the updated white paper.

Gail Cecchettini Whaley, CalChamber Employment Law Counsel/Content

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