Pittsburgh employers take note:  March 15, 2020 is right around the corner.  That is when the Pittsburgh Paid Sick Days Act finally goes into effect after its years-long journey through the City Council, the Mayor’s Office, and the Pennsylvania courts.

The ordinance requires employers with 15+ employees to provide paid sick leave, up to 40 hours per year, at a rate of 1 hour of leave for every 35 hours worked.  Employers with less than 15 employees must also provide paid sick leave at the same accrual rate, up to 24 hours per year.

Employers should take note that employees who work in the City can be covered under the law, even if the employer is not physically present there.  That is because the ordinance defines employers as any entity “situated or doing business in the City” and defines employees as anyone who works for such an employer and “who performs work within the geographic boundaries of the City of Pittsburgh for at least 35 hours in a calendar year.”

We previously posted about the ordinance here, shortly after the City revealed the law’s effective date.  The City also released guidelines on employee rights and employer obligations under the ordinance, which can be found here.

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Sheri Giger is a Principal in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and is a contributor to the Disability, Leave & Health Management Blog. Her practice focuses on leave management issues including process reviews, paid sick leave, and compliance, as well…

Sheri Giger is a Principal in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and is a contributor to the Disability, Leave & Health Management Blog. Her practice focuses on leave management issues including process reviews, paid sick leave, and compliance, as well as preventative human resource policy development, training and counseling and advice. Additionally, she works on policy/handbook development, particularly for multi-state issues.

Learn more about Ms. Giger on the Jackson Lewis website.