Hot HR Topics in 2016: Paid Sick Leave Trends
It seems like yesterday we were ringing in the new year, and yet here we are three weeks in! Today we cover out last hot HR topic for 2016. In case you missed it we have covered everything from marijuana in the workplace to minimum wage increases. Today we look at paid sick leave trends and draw our final conclusion on the 5 Hot HR Topics for 2016.
Paid Sick Leave Trends:
At the start of 2016, Oregon joined Connecticut, California, and Massachusetts in implementing paid sick leave laws on a state level. Additionally, the number of municipalities with local sick leave laws continues to grow.
Across these states and municipalities, the details of the laws differ. For example, the amount of time for sick leave varies—24 hours or three days in California to 40 hours in Massachusetts and Oregon to 72 hours in several municipalities in California. In Massachusetts and Oregon, smaller employers can offer unpaid leave instead of paid time, while in California, employers of any size must offer paid leave.
Legislation has been introduced in many other states. We’ll have to wait and see whether any of these efforts result in new paid sick leave laws, but we can expect the effort will be made in many states and municipalities.
No doubt other topics and day-to-day demands will require the attention of employers in 2016. But, we believe that these five areas are worth keeping on your radar. As the year progresses, we’ll keep you up-to-speed on the newest HR trends—as well as the laws and best practices you need to know.