California’s Governor signed the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 on September 10th of this year. We included a summary of the Act, which requires employers to provide paid sick leave, here, and included the compliance date of July 1st, 2015. Since then, there has been a bit of confusion as to the effective date of the law. To provide clarity, the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) posted a helpful FAQ about the new law, indicating that while the accrual and leave rights are not applicable until July 1st of 2015, the law takes effect on January 1st of 2015.
Still scratching your head? In practical terms, this means that employers must comply with the notice provisions of the law on January 1st.
The notice provisions involve displaying the DLSE poster in the workplace and providing written notice of the law to employees. You can download both the poster and a template for the Notice to Employee from the DLSE website. California employers need to comply with these notice provisions by January 1st of 2015.