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San Diego Implements New Minimum Wage and Sick Leave Policies to Take Effect Immediately

Posted on 7/1/2016 by Ali Oromchian, Esq.

Santa Monica's Changes to Take Effect in 2017

A patient making a reminder of a doctor appointment on a post-it note.For the last two years, San Diego has had a pending minimum wage ordinance which includes a measure for paid sick leave. That ordinance has now gone into effect, raising the minimum wage in San Diego to $10.50 an hour, effective July 11, 2016.

This increased minimum wage brings San Diego in line with the City of Los Angeles, which also implemented an increase to $10.50 per hour beginning July 1, 2016.

Also like Los Angeles, San Diego’s new minimum wage regulations include a mandatory sick leave provision, but unlike Los Angeles, the new San Diego requirement is for five sick days per year (the Los Angeles regulation is for six days per year). These sick days accrue at the rate of one hour for every 30 days worked. The rule applies to any employee who works 2 or more hours per week, for one or more weeks per year, inside the San Diego city limits. Note that this rule will apply regardless of whether the employer is actually located in San Diego - the only question is whether, and how often, employees work inside the city.

Employees may access their sick leave after their 90th day of employment, and may also use the paid sick days the school or child care provider of a child in the employee’s care is closed due to a public health emergency. Also, employers may require that employees use the sick leave time in 2-hour increments.

Next on the horizon is the City of Santa Monica, with its very employee-friendly policy set to take effect in 2017: Santa Monica employers who employ more than 50 employees will have to provide 9 days of paid sick leave.

If you have any questions about the new San Diego policies, or are questioning whether these policies apply to you, reach out to the HR specialists at HR for Health. We are here to address any of your concerns. Simply open a support ticket titled "San Diego Sick Leave" for help.

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