May 2017: State and Local Law Update

John GarnerCompliance, Resources

One of the most difficult things for human resource and absence management professionals to do is to keep up with changing state and local laws. Below is a brief summary of some new laws of interest:

California

The California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement has updated its answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) to address how grandfathered plans can comply with the state paid sick leave law. The FAQs also say that the paid sick leave law does not impact how employers are required to compensate employees under existing paid time off plans for leave other than paid sick leave. The FAQs also address the impact of state paid sick leave on employer attendance policies.

Georgia

A new law effective July 1, 2017, requires certain employers to allow their employees to use up to five days of paid sick leave to care for immediate family members.

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