Raise the Wage Keeps Pressing On For Sick Leave

ca capitolThough California is already hiking up the minimum wage this summer to $9 and then to $10 in 2016, legislators are moving forward on a new measure that would kick the minimum wage up even higher in 2017. In addition to the hike, the measure includes a mandatory paid sick day policy for employees.

On the wage aspect, the increase to $9 an hour will remain in effect on the projected July 2014 timeline. However, rather than raise the wage to $10 an hour by Jan. 1, 2016, the measure proposes an increase to $11 on Jan. 1, 2015, then to $12 in 2016, and ultimately to $13 an hour in 2017. After 2017, the wage will increase annually as determined by the consumer price index.

Further, on the sick leave policy, the measure will guarantee all workers three days of paid sick time in one year. All workers will be able to accrue on hours of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked and can be used up to 3 days in one year.

Even though pro-commerce groups labeled the bill as a “job-killer,” it passed in the Assembly and will now move on to the Senate for vote. If passed, it has the potential to severely alter the employment landscape.

Source: LA Times