City workers earning hourly pay in San Diego will begin earning paid sick leave.
The San Diego City Council approved the implementation of the state law earlier this year.
State law AB 1522, written by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), would allow individuals working in the state of California for 30 days or longer to earn paid sick leave for one hour of every 30 worked.
"Providing earned sick leave is the right thing to do as a responsible employer; the city respects our employees and the people we serve," said Councilmember Todd Gloria in a statement. "Allowing city employees to earn sick leave is a good investment that help ensure their continued ability to serve the public in a healthy and productive way."
Most city employees earn an annual leave for vacation or sick time. However over 1,300 city employees, including lifeguards, recreation leaders, and library staff are not eligible for annual leave and would benefit from sick leave through the implementation of A.B. 1522 in San Diego.
City council member Todd Gloria advocated to provide the policy for employees who regularly interact with the public.
Giving hourly city workers up to 24 hours of paid sick leave would have a financial impact of $471,284 per fiscal year, the Department of Financial Management estimates.