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October 1, 2017: City of Berkeley Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave changes

City of Berkeley Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave changes

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For all employers in the city of Berkeley, Calif., minimum wage increases to $13.75 and increased paid sick leave requirements also become operative effective Oct. 1, 2017. Detailed information and posting requirements about minimum wage requirements can be found on the City of Berkeley’s website. As part of paid sick leave requirements, covered employees accrue one paid sick leave hour for every 30 hours worked; the ordinance is silent with regard to front-loaded allowances. For small businesses, which employ fewer than 25 employees, there is a cap of 48 hours per year; for all other businesses, the cap is 72 hours, though employers can set a higher cap or no cap. Accrued but unused leave carries over from year to year — whether calendar or fiscal year — but cannot exceed the cap. Employers who don’t meet the minimum requirements may still be required to update their written paid sick leave policies.