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City of Oakland Increases Minimum Wage and Requires Paid Sick Days

Published by on December 16, 2014

On November 4, 2014, voters approved Measure FF, which sought to raise the minimum wage in the city of Oakland to $12.25 and require employers to offer at least five days of paid sick leave to all employees; employers with larger businesses are required to provide nine days of paid sick leave.  The new law […]

On November 4, 2014, voters approved Measure FF, which sought to raise the minimum wage in the city of Oakland to $12.25 and require employers to offer at least five days of paid sick leave to all employees; employers with larger businesses are required to provide nine days of paid sick leave.  The new law will go into effect on March 2, 2015.

With regard to the sick leave provisions, employers with less than ten employees (including any employees working outside of Oakland) must permit at least 40 hours of paid sick leave (i.e., 5 days).  Employers with more ten or more employees must provide at least 72 hours of paid sick days (i.e., 9 days).  Employees will accrue at a rate of one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked.  Accrual and eligibility for use of paid sick leave begins immediately on the March 2, 2015. Employees hired after March 2nd begin accruing paid sick leave upon hire, but they are not eligible to use any accrued time until they reach 90 days of employment.

Laconic Lookout: With all the new sick leave laws, employers should review their employment policies and make that they and their employees are in compliance with these changes.

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