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Municipal Ordinance Passed by the Village of Barrington, Illinois Opting Out of the Cook County Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Creates More Uncertainty for Cook County Employers

In a November already riddled with surprises and filled with looming uncertainty for employers – from the preliminary injunction blocking the DOL from enforcing the new federal overtime regulations, to the possible dramatic impact of the new Trump Administration on workplace law – on November 15, 2016, the Village of Barrington, Illinois, passed a Municipal … Continue Reading

Calculation of California Paid Sick Leave May Spook Employers

As if paid sick leave wasn’t scary enough!  From accrual methods, to the protections provided to the time off, to the varying (and ever growing) laws in different jurisdictions, paid sick leave can be spooky.  What about how to calculate the rate of pay for the paid sick leave??  On October 11, 2016, the California … Continue Reading

Complimentary Webinar October 20: It Pays to Be Sick – How To Comply With Executive Order 13706

The final regulations for Executive Order 13706 (“Paid Sick Leave for Workers on Federal Contracts”) were published September 30, 2016.  Under the Executive Order and final regulations, paid sick leave obligations will begin with new solicitations and contracts beginning January 1, 2017. Do you know if your organization is covered and if so, do you … Continue Reading

Cook County, Illinois Joins the City of Chicago in Mandating Paid Sick Leave for Employees

Cook County, Illinois, has become the most recent jurisdiction to mandate that employers provide paid sick leave benefits for eligible employees.  Beginning July 1, 2017, Cook County employers must allow eligible employees to accrue up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year.  The Cook County “Earned Sick Leave” Ordinance was passed on October … Continue Reading

Final Regulations Published for Federal Contractor Paid Sick Leave

On the eve of the end of its fiscal year, the U.S. Department of Labor has announced final rules implementing Executive Order 13706 requiring that covered federal contractors provide paid sick leave for covered employees. Scheduled for official publication tomorrow in the federal register, the rules require federal contractors to provide at least 1 hour of paid sick leave for … Continue Reading

St. Paul, Minnesota Joins the Paid Sick Leave Patchwork Quilt and Continues Its Spread Into the Interior States

We have been reporting on the growing patchwork of paid sick leave laws now for over 3 years.  The patchwork continues to fill in heavily on the west coast with state laws in both California and Oregon and 10 city ordinances scattered across California, Oregon and Washington.  This summer Los Angeles and San Diego added … Continue Reading

PSL: How Does the Patchwork Grow?

However many patches it takes to make a paid sick leave patchwork, we are there…and adding more. Here are the patches added in 2016, thus far: Alabama is now a kibosh state, joining about a dozen others that prohibit municipalities from passing a law requiring employers to provide employees with paid or unpaid leave. The … Continue Reading

New New York City PSL FAQs; Pittsburgh PSL Law Not Dead Yet

The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, the agency that enforces New York City’s Earned Sick Time Law, has issued new and updated FAQs concerning that law. For additional information on the Department’s FAQ action, click here. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh’s Paid Sick Days Act is not dead yet. A Court of Common Pleas struck down … Continue Reading

Spokane PSL on the Way

Spokane may soon be the first 2016 PSL jurisdiction. Just 11 days into the New Year, its City Council passed a PSL ordinance. (Ordinance No. C35300). The mayor has vowed to veto it but the Council passed the ordinance by a wider margin than needed to override that veto. The rhythm of the ordinance is … Continue Reading

The Evolving Paid Sick Leave Patchwork: 2016 Update

Another year, more PSL patches. With nearly 30 patches now, and contributions from every level of government, PSL has achieved full-fledged patchwork status. This year’s PSL highlights include: Oregon becomes the fourth state with PSL, joining CA, CT and MA. Montgomery County, MD becomes the first county to enact a PSL law. With more than … Continue Reading

Add Philadelphia to the Paid Sick Leave Mega-Trend

After a few failed attempts, Philadelphia has become part of the paid sick leave mega-trend. The Mayor signed the “Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces” Ordinance on February 12.  It goes into effect 90 days after the signing. With the proliferation of PSL laws and more on the way, and with most of them using the … Continue Reading

Voters Approve Paid Sick Leave Laws in Three Cities and Massachusetts

“Elections have consequences” goes the maxim and one of the consequences of the November 4 election is that employers in four additional jurisdictions have paid sick leave laws (PSL) to consider.  The margin of approval suggests that PSL laws are widely supported by the electorate. Massachusetts becomes the third state to enact a PSL, following … Continue Reading

New Jersey Considers Putting Kibosh on Local Leave Laws

The New Jersey Assembly is considering a bill that would put the kibosh on local government efforts to require private employers to provide employees with paid sick leave.  This proposed legislation is a response to the fact that six New Jersey municipalities have enacted a “patchwork” of paid sick leave laws within the past year, … Continue Reading

Mega-Patchwork of Paid Sick Leave Laws Here and Growing!

Eighteen months ago, we posted about the developing patchwork of state and local paid sick leave (PSL) laws.  I urged readers to squint a bit out over the leave-and-attendance law horizon to see this patchwork taking shape. Eighteen months later, there’s no need to squint. The patchwork is very visible, and growing. Eighteen months ago, Connecticut … Continue Reading

Add San Diego to the Growing List of Paid Sick Leave Jurisdictions

San Diego has become the tenth jurisdiction requiring employers to provide employees with paid sick leave. On August 18, 2014, the San Diego City Council overrode the mayor’s veto of the Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance. The earned sick leave provisions of the ordinance are effective on April 1, 2015. Employees who work … Continue Reading

Paid Sick Leave: Connecticut Tweaks and Newark Speaks

The Connecticut Paid Sick Leave Law has been tweaked in three respects: (1) to allow employers to determine the 50-employee applicability threshold in the same manner as under the state’s Family and Medical Leave Act, i.e., by determining whether the employer has at least 50 employees on its payroll for the week containing October 1; … Continue Reading