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FAQs on New Sick Pay Law Available to Churches

newsBeginning July 1, 2015, California will be the second state in the nation to require paid sick leave for all employees. This new law will benefit the 6.5 million workers in California who cannot take a paid day off when they are ill or a family member is sick.

This new law, while providing a great benefit to many, has generated questions from the churches in the California-Pacific Conference that don’t currently offer a sick pay benefit, or perhaps only offer a benefit to full-time employees. This new benefit will apply to all paid employees at our churches, whether exempt or non-exempt, full-time, part-time or any other less-than-full time category.

Our churches have received a poster from the Office of the Labor Commissioner that must be displayed for all employees to easily read. And many have been consulting their attorneys and our Conference Human Resources Office with questions about how this new law will affect their churches and employees.

It is in response to these questions that we have prepared this Question and Answer document as a resource that we hope will be of some assistance as our churches strive to comply with this new law and make it work for their employees.

For a complete description of the new law, please visit the website for the Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement at Note: It will be helpful to read the description of the law before jumping into the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)!

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