California Paid Sick Leave Notice to Employees

Use this template to verify that you have notified employees of the new paid sick leave law in California.

You can download the PDF version at the bottom of this page, which includes a form for your employees to fill out acknowledging that they've received information about the new sick leave law.

If you aren't familiar with the California Paid Sick Leave law, here's what you need to know (and what you need to make sure your employees know too):

Unless exempt, the employee identified on this notice is entitled to minimum requirements for paid sick leave under state
law which provides that an employee:

a. May accrue paid sick leave and may request and use up to 3 days or 24 hours of accrued paid sick leave per year;

b. May not be terminated or retaliated against for using or requesting the use of accrued paid sick leave; and

c. Has the right to file a complaint against an employer who retaliates or discriminates against an employee for

1. requesting or using accrued sick days;
2. attempting to exercise the right to use accrued paid sick days;
3. filing a complaint or alleging a violation of Article 1.5 section 245 et seq. of the California Labor Code;
4. cooperating in an investigation or prosecution of an alleged violation of this Article or opposing any policy or practice or act that is prohibited by Article 1.5 section 245 et seq. of the California Labor Code.

Here are four ways employers can comply with the California Paid Sick Leave Law:

1. Accrues paid sick leave only pursuant to the minimum requirements stated in Labor Code §245 et seq. with no
other employer policy providing additional or different terms for accrual and use of paid sick leave.

2. Accrues paid sick leave pursuant to the employer’s policy which satisfies or exceeds the accrual, carryover, and use
requirements of Labor Code §246.

3. Employer provides no less than 24 hours (or 3 days) of paid sick leave at the beginning of each 12-month period.

4. The employee is exempt from paid sick leave protection by Labor Code §245.5.

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