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Paid Sick Days – Pittsburgh City Council Passes Paid Sick Days Act

On August 3, 2015, Pittsburgh City Council passed an ordinance requiring most employers within the city limits to give their workers paid sick days. Employees will be able to use the paid sick days to treat their own illnesses or injuries or to care for a sick family member.

If Mayor Peduto signs the bill into law, which he is expected to do, employers with 15 or more employees will have to offer their workers at least five paid sick days a year. Employers with fewer than 15 employees will have to provide three sick days a year. Employees will accrue one hour of sick leave for every 35 hours worked and can use the sick leave after working for three months.

Employees on paid sick leave will receive their normal rate of pay, and the ordinance contains an anti-retaliation provision to punish employers who discriminate against employees for utilizing their paid sick days. An employer can be fined $100 for each violation of the ordinance.

Seasonal workers and employees state and federal employees are not covered by the law.

If the Mayor signs the Paid Sick Leave Act, it won’t go into effect for several months. In that time period, the city’s Law Department expects the Act to be challenged in court by local businesses.

Click to review City of Pittsburgh File No. 2015-1825 – Ordinance supplementing the Pittsburgh Code, Title VI, Article 1, to add a new Section 626, “Paid Sick Days Act.”

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