Paid Sick Leave Law

An Irvine employment lawyer can explain that California employees are entitled to paid sick leave due to a law that was enacted on January 1, 2015 and became effective on July 1, 2015. There are certain guidelines and exceptions related to this rule.


Paid sick leave is provided to employees for 30 days or more within the same calendar year. However, he or she cannot use such sick leave that he or she has accrued until employment has lasted for at least 90 days.

An Irvine employment lawyer can explain that employees can then use their paid sick leave as the days are accrued. The law requires employees to receive one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours that they worked. Paid sick leave can be carried over to the following year.

However, employers can impose their own guidelines that limit a maximum accrued number of days or hours as long as it is a minimum of 48 hours or 6 days of paid sick leave. Employees must provide notice to their employers when they wish to exercise their paid sick leave.


There are exceptions to employers who must provide the sick leave depending on the type of job that they work. This includes employees who have a collective bargaining agreement, in-home support service providers and employees who work for certain air carriers.

Legal Assistance

If you would like more information about California paid sick leave laws, contact an Irvine employment lawyer from Daily Aljian LLP.