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2014: The Year of Paid Sick Leave

 

2014 Was the Year of Paid Sick Leave - Presagia's PSL Laws Map

What was the biggest leave management story of 2014? Without a doubt, the seemingly unstoppable momentum of the paid sick leave trend. Over the course of 2014, new paid sick leave laws sprouted across the country in no fewer than fifteen jurisdictions.

In conjunction with Jackson Lewis P.C. and Spring Consulting Group, we’ll soon be publishing an up-to-date guide on all paid sick leave laws. But to start off your year, we've compiled a quick summary of all the laws passed in 2014. Be sure to click the subscribe button at the bottom to be notified when we publish the full guide!

 

California

  • Covered employers: All.
  • Accrual: Employees earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, and begin accruing hours after they have worked for 30 days after the law takes effect on July 1, 2015. Employees can start using their accrued paid sick time once they have worked for their employer for 90 days.
  • Carryover: All unused leave time must be carried over to the next year, but an employer may limit use of leave to 24 hours or 3 days per year.

 

East Orange, NJ

  • Covered employers: All.
  • Accrual: Employees earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked in East Orange, and begin accruing hours upon employment or on January 1, 2015 (whichever is later). Employees can start using their accrued paid sick time after 90 days of employment.
  • Carryover: Up to 40 hours, but an employer may limit use of leave to 40 hours of sick leave in a year.

 

Eugene, OR

  • Covered employers: All.
  • Accrual: Employees earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked in Eugene, and begin accruing hours upon employment or on July 1, 2015 (whichever is later). Employees can start using their accrued paid sick time after 90 days of employment.
  • Carryover: 40 hours, but an employer may limit use of leave to 40 hours per year.

 

Irvington, NJ

  • Covered employers: All.
  • Accrual: Employees earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked in Irvington, and begin accruing hours upon employment or on January 8, 2015 (whichever is later). Employees can start using their accrued paid sick time on the 90th calendar day of employment or on January 8, 2015 (whichever is later).
  • Carryover: Up to 40 hours carry over, but an employer may limit use of leave to 40 hours per year.

 

Jersey City, NJ

  • Covered employers: All. Employers with at least 10 employees must provide paid sick leave; others must provide unpaid sick leave.
  • Accrual: Employees earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. Employees begin accruing hours immediately and may use accrued paid sick time on the 90th day of employment.
  • Carryover: Up to 40 hours.

 

Massachusetts

  • Covered employers: All.
  • Accrual: Employees earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, and begin accruing hours upon employment or on July 1, 2015 (whichever is later). Employees can start using their accrued paid sick time on the 90th day of employment.
  • Carryover: Up to 40 hours of unused sick time, but an employee cannot use more than 40 hours per year.

 

Montclair, NJ

  • Covered employers: All.
  • Accrual: Employees earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, and begin accruing hours upon employment. Employees can start using their accrued paid sick time on the 90th calendar day of employment.
  • Carryover: An employer may limit carryover to 40 hours; otherwise, all unused time carries over (unless unused sick time is paid out at the end of the calendar year), but the employer may limit use to to 40 hours in a calendar year.

 

Newark, NJ

  • Covered employers: All.
  • Accrual: Employees earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, and begin accruing immediately. Employees can start using their accrued paid sick time on the 90th day of employment.
  • Carryover: Up to 40 hours unless paid out at year end.

 

New York, NY

  • Covered employers: Employers with 5 or more employees in New York City.
  • Accrual: Employees earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, and begin accruing hours immediately. Employees can start using their accrued paid sick time on the 120th day of employment.
  • Carryover: Up to 40 hours.

 

Oakland, CA

  • Covered employers: All.
  • Accrual: Employees earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked in Eugene, and can accrue and use their hours starting on March 2, 2015. Employees hired after March 2, 2015 can start using their paid sick time after 90 calendar days of employment.
  • Carryover: Unused leave carries over from year to year, but an employee may not accrue more than 72 hours (if employer has at least 10 employees) or 40 hours (if fewer than 10 employees), unless the employer approves a higher cap.

 

Passaic, NJ

  • Covered employers: All.
  • Accrual: Employees earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked in Passaic, and begin accruing hours upon employment or on January 8, 2015 (whichever is later). Employees can start using their accrued paid sick time after 90 days of employment.
  • Carryover: Up to 40 hours unless paid out at year end, but an employer may limit use to 40 hours in a year.

 

Paterson, NJ

  • Covered employers: All.
  • Accrual: Employees earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, and begin accruing hours upon employment or on January 10, 2015 (whichever is later). Employees can start using their accrued paid sick time after 90 days of employment.
  • Carryover: Up to 40 hours unless paid out at year end, but an employer may limit use of leave to 40 hours in a year.

 

Portland, OR

  • Covered employers: All. If an employer has at least 6 employees, time is paid. If fewer than 6 employees, unpaid.
  • Accrual: Employees earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked in Portland, and begin accruing hours upon employment or on July 1, 2015 (whichever is later). Employees can start using their accrued paid sick time after 90 days of employment.
  • Carryover: Up to 40 hours unless an employer frontloads the annual requirement.

 

San Diego, CA

*Implementation of this law has been delayed, with residents set to vote on it in June 2016.

  • Covered employers: All.
  • Accrual: Employees earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked in San Diego, and begin accruing hours upon employment or on April 1, 2015 (whichever is later). Employees can start using their accrued paid sick time after 90 days of employment or on April 1, 2015 (whichever is later).
  • Carryover: All unused leave must carry over, but an employer may limit use to 40 hours per year.

 

Trenton, NJ

  • Covered employers: All.
  • Accrual: Employees earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, and begin accruing hours upon employment. Employees can start using their accrued paid sick time on the 90th day of employment.
  • Carryover: Up to 40 hours unless paid out at year end.

 

About Presagia

Founded in 1987, Presagia has a long history of helping organizations solve complex business problems with easy-to-use solutions. Today, this means providing cloud-based absence management solutions that enable organizations to be more efficient, control lost time and risk, and strengthen compliance with federal, state and municipal leave and accommodation laws.

 

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