arrowBerke­ley has offi­cial­ly amend­ed its min­i­mum wage law and cod­i­fied a new law con­cern­ing hos­pi­tal­i­ty ser­vice charges along with a Paid Sick Leave law that takes effect Octo­ber 1, 2017.

1)    All employ­ers with a Berke­ley busi­ness license are sub­ject to the law
2)    Dif­fer­ent stan­dards will apply to a small busi­ness with few­er than 25 employees
3)    Applies to all employ­ees who work at least 2 hours a week with­in Berke­ley city limits
4)    Col­lec­tive Bar­gain­ing Agree­ments may super­sede the sick pay rule
5)    If employ­er already has a sim­i­lar law includ­ing accru­al they are not sub­ject to new law
6)    Cov­ered employ­ees can use accrued leave 90 days after employ­ment begins
7)    Each qual­i­fy­ing employ­ee is enti­tled to one sick leave hour for every 30 hours worked
8)    Employ­ees are allowed to accu­mu­late 72 hours a year – small busi­ness­es only 48
9)    Allowed for phys­i­cal or men­tal ill­ness or injury, obtain­ing diag­no­sis or treat­ment, get­ting a phys­i­cal exam, or to care for a sick fam­i­ly member

Employ­ers must con­spic­u­ous­ly post at any work­place or job site a city cre­at­ed notice inform­ing employ­ees of their paid sick leave rights.  Employ­ers must keep employ­ee pay­roll records for a peri­od of four years that iden­ti­fy hours worked, wages paid and paid sick leave accrued.

This law may be changed when Berke­ley vot­ers go to the polls, but…