The San Diego City Council has approved the implementation of a state law that would give city employees earned sick leave.
State law AB 1522, written by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, 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.
“City employees are committed to San Diego, and allowing them to earn sick leave will help ensure their continued ability to serve the public in a healthy and productive way,” said Councilmember Todd Gloria said in a statement. “When I learned that over 1,300 of our employees, many of whom worked closely with the public, didn’t have the ability to take sick days, I knew something had to be done. Providing workers with fair pay and benefits is always a good investment.”
Most city employees earn an annual leave for vacation or sick time. However over 1,300 city employees like 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 officials have met with its employee organizations in order to implement earned sick leave.
City council member Todd Gloria is advocating to provide the policy for employees who regularly interact with the public.