Bulletin: Labor and Compliance – Amended CA Wage Theft Notice Released
As of January 1, 2015, California employers will be required to provide the new version of the “Notice to Employee” which now includes the required sick leave information, as a part of the CA Wage Theft Notice process. The new California sick leave law was reviewed in our September bulletin. This January date is for the notifications only, and employers should be mindful of the July 1, 2015 accrual date.
The amended form must be presented to all CA new hires, and contains several key informational components, including the new sick leave addition:
- The rate or rates of pay, including for overtime
- Information about the employer, such as: names used, address, telephone number, and information about the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier
- The regular payday
- NEW – The fact that an employee has a right to accrue, request, and use accrued sick leave without fear of termination or retaliation, and has the right to file a complaint against an employer that retaliates
The Labor Commissioner has developed a template that is now available on their website:
Many employers likely have sick leave policies in place that exceed the minimum detailed in the new law. For those employers, there is a check box on the new form for the employee to indicate that the employer’s policy meets or exceeds the new requirements.
Employers should review their current sick leave policies and new hire documentation to ensure compliance with California law and make changes as necessary. The January 1 date is fast approaching and The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement has posted FAQs to help address employer concerns and questions. These may be found at: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/Paid_Sick_Leave.htm.
Employers should continuously monitor the compliance landscape to keep abreast of changes in state notification requirements that might affect them. Equifax Workforce Solutions can help simplify compliance with the various state and local notifications through an easily-managed portal that helps ensure compliance with new regulatory guidelines. To learn more about how Equifax Workforce Solutions can help you stay abreast of all state and federal notice requirements, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line of “Labor & Employment Compliance Bulletin.”