AB 1359: Paid sick leave for healthcare professionals

Assembly Bill 1359 Assemblyman Pilar Schiavo (D-Chatsworth) from Assemblyman Pilar Schiavo (D-Chatsworth) has been changed to provide paid sick leave for healthcare workers. AB 1359 will add Section 246.6 of the Labor Code.

The new law will apply to an employee of a covered healthcare facility with respect to the employee’s accrual and use of paid sick days. First, the accumulated paid sick days are carried over to the next year of work. Secondly, the term “paid leave” would mean three days or 24 hours of paid leave.

Thirdly, the term “full leave” would mean, in addition to paid leave, 56 hours or seven days in each year of employment, calendar year or 12-month period beginning January 1, 2024. Fourth, a covered health care facility cannot restrict an employee’s use of accrued paid sick days.

Fifth, if the employer has paid sick leave or paid leave, the employee will be allowed to take a minimum of seven days or 56 hours for each year of employment. An insured healthcare facility is not required to provide additional paid sick days if the insured healthcare facility has a paid leave policy or paid vacations that meet certain conditions.

Sixth, an employee of a covered health care facility may bring a civil action in a court of competent jurisdiction against an employer who violates this section and, if victorious, will be entitled to judicial or equitable compensation that may be appropriate for elimination of the violation. including restoration; unlawfully withheld debt and payment of sick leave, as well as interest on them; and other relevant injunctions. The prevailing employee will also be entitled to reimbursement of reasonable attorney’s fees and court costs.

Seventh, the term “employee of a covered health facility” is defined as an employee of one of the 19 health care facilities.

Eighth, this section does not apply to employees of a medical institution who are covered by the current collective agreement.

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