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Paid Sick Leave Skyrockets with Election Day

Paid Sick Leave Skyrockets with Election Day - Presagia's Paid Sick Leave Law Map

Election day has come and gone and the dust is settling, but what does this latest round of voting mean for the HR Professional? An increasingly urgent need to pay attention to the paid sick leave trend.

Four jurisdictions were set to vote on paid sick leave on Nov. 4 and all four voted in favor. These include Massachusetts, now the third state to require paid sick leave, as well as two cities in New Jersey, where eight municipalities now require employers to provide paid sick leave. On top of that, Oakland, CA passed a law, despite California recently passing statewide sick leave legislation.

Let’s take a closer look at those new laws.

1) Massachusetts (60% of voters in favor)

  • Hours: 40 hours of paid sick leave per year for businesses with 11 or more employees. Smaller employers must provide 40 hours of unpaid leave.

  • Accrual: Employees earn one hour for every 30 hours worked, starting on July 1, 2015 or on date of hire (whichever is later).

  • Use: Employees can start using their accrued sick time 90 days after their hire date.

2) Oakland, CA (81% of voters in favor)

  • Hours: 40 hours of paid sick leave for businesses with fewer than 10 employees, or 72 hours of paid sick time for larger employers.

  • Accrual: Employees earn one hour for every 30 hours worked.

  • Use: Employees can start accruing and using paid sick time beginning on March 2, 2015.

3) Montclair, NJ (75% of voters in favor)

  • Hours: 40 hours of paid sick leave per year for employers with 10 or more employees, or employees working in food service, child care and home care. 24 hours of paid sick leave per year for smaller employers.

  • Accrual: Employees earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.

  • Use: Employees can start accruing and using paid sick time beginning on March 5, 2015.

4) Trenton, NJ  (85% of voters in favor)

  • Hours: 40 hours of paid sick leave per year for employers with 10 or more employees. 24 hours of paid sick leave per year for smaller employers.

  • Accrual: Employees earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.

  • Use: Employees can start accruing and using paid sick time beginning on March 5, 2015.

These four new jurisdictions bring paid sick leave to a grand total of 19 jurisdictions across the country, with more than half of those (12) becoming law in 2014. If you ever doubted the longevity of the paid sick leave trend, you certainly have to admit now that these laws are here to stay.

What’s the bottom line? If you’re an employer, you’re going to need a way to keep track of all these new laws -- and soon.

Presagia provides cloud-based absence management solutions that make compliance easy. We monitor and manage more than 450 pieces of federal and state leave legislation in our proprietary Compliance Engine, and update the system on a continuous basis. Our software provides decision support and automates leave processes to increase efficiency, minimize absence, reduce cost and above all improve compliance.

 

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