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Santa Monica Amends Minimum Wage Ordinance, Delays Paid Sick Leave Implementation

On April 26, 2016, just three months after passing a local minimum ordinance that included paid sick leave (2509CCS), the Santa Monica City Council has amended the ordinance to delay implementation of the paid sick leave requirement until January 1, 2017 (previously July 1, 2016).

Under the amended ordinance:

  • Effective January 1, 2017:
    • Small businesses (those with 25 or fewer employees) must provide employees with 32 hours of paid sick leave per year to employees.
    • Larger businesses (those with 26 or more employees) must provide 40 hours of paid sick leave per year to employees.
  • Effective January 1, 2018:
    • Small businesses (those with 25 or fewer employees) must provide employees with 40 hours of paid sick leave per year to employees.
    • Larger businesses (those with 26 or more employees) must provide 72 hours of paid sick leave per year to employees.

The amended ordinance requires employees to begin accruing sick leave at the commencement of employment, as opposed to 90 days after beginning employment as previously required. Similar to state law, employers may impose a 90-day waiting period before employees may use sick leave. The amended ordinance also allows employers to front load sick leave, providing all of the sick leave to their employees at the beginning of the calendar year, fiscal year, or year of employment.  Employers that choose to front load sick leave will be exempt from the accrual and carry over requirements of the ordinance.

The amendments to the minimum wage ordinance do not affect the minimum wage increase scheduled for July 1, 2016.

Read the City of Santa Monica News Release
View the Amended Minimum Wage Ordinance