Ask the County Law Librarian – Status of Paid Sick Leave Law
Q: A couple of years ago, I heard about a law being proposed, I think by someone from San Francisco, that would require employers to provide paid sick leave. Since then, though, I haven’t heard anything more about it. How would I find out what happened with that bill?
A: It looks like this idea has been presented to the Assembly twice in recent years – as AB 1000 in 2009, and AB 400 in 2011. Both bills were presented by former Assembly Member Fiona Ma (D- San Francisco). These bills required employers to provide one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, to be used for the diagnosis, care, or treatment of health conditions of the employee or an employee’s family member, or for leave related to domestic violence or sexual assault.
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It looks like both AB 1000 (2009) and AB 400 (2011) died pursuant to Art. IV, Sec. 10(c) of the California Constitution, which requires bills introduced in the first year to be passed by January 31st of the second year of the session.
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