A proposed law that Los Angeles City Council has tentatively approved would provide Los Angeles workers with at least six paid sick days each year – twice the required state minimum.

Activists had been pushing for the city to increase the mandated amount of time off for California employees who fall ill or need to take care of family and loved ones. Both labor and community activists say that workers are often forced to decide between their health and keeping a job.

Understanding L.A.’s Proposed Paid Sick Leave Law

The new paid sick leave law would require a Los Angeles employer to provide an employee with the paid sick leave if, on or after July 1, 2016, the employee is working for the same employer in the City of Los Angeles for 30 days or more within a year.

Los Angeles employers can either provide the paid sick days up front, or they may accrue it at the rate of one hour per every 30 hours an employee works. If the paid sick leave is accrued, it will carry over to the next year of employment, but can be capped at 72 hours.

While the proposed law is similar to California’s Healthy Workplaces Healthy Family Act of 2014, it won’t require a Los Angeles employer to pay out unused sick days if an employee leaves the business.

The new paid sick leave ordinance – which was voted 13 to 1 – would be drafted by the City Attorney’s Office. After final approval, the law would take effect July 1, 2016.

L.A.’s Small Businesses Have More Time to Comply

Under the new paid sick leave law, Los Angeles businesses employing 25 workers or less would receive an additional year to comply with the rules.

While some L.A. small businesses argued that the new paid sick leave requirements would place a burden on employers who face other costly new mandates (including the increases to the L.A. minimum wage), the proposed law would not go as far as the regulations imposed on Los Angeles’ big hotels and city contractors. These larger businesses would have to provide a dozen paid days for illnesses.

The Paid Sick Leave Law Would Affect 650,000 Los Angeles Employees

Nearly half of California workers don’t receive paid sick days. It is also estimated that at least 650,000 workers in Los Angeles could be affected by the new paid sick leave requirements. This is based on earlier analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

If L.A.’s paid sick leave law gets final approval, the city will join more than two dozen other cities (including San Francisco and Santa Monica) and counties nationwide that have also mandated a minimum number of annual paid sick days.

Adapted from original article, 6 paid sick days for workers in L.A.? City Council says yes via LATimes.com

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