Over the next several months, the fate of local paid sick leave laws may well be decided by the Texas legislature. But while lawmakers continue to debate whether Texas cities should be prohibited from establishing their own paid sick time mandates, efforts to expand their reach are marching forward. Last week, the City of Dallas

Imagine you operate multiple business locations in Columbus, Ohio where 3 counties comprise the city proper and as many as 11 counties comprise the larger Columbus Metropolitan Area. Now imagine that each of those counties adopts their own local ordinance requiring paid sick leave as well as advance notice (and extra pay) to employees before you can change their work schedule. Perhaps a few of the counties also enact an increased minimum wage of $15 an hour –much like the proposal to increase the minimum wage that was supposed to be voted upon in Cleveland in May of 2017. Would you want to continue to do business in Columbus or would you curtail your growth in that city and look for a more employer friendly home for your future business locations?
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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

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

“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

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,

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,