Effective May 13, Philadelphia employers of 10 or more must provide one hour of paid leave for every 40 hours an employee works. Mayor Michael Nutter had twice vetoed similar legislation, fearing that the mandate would burden city employers still emerging from the recession.
In the meantime, 16 cities and three states have passed similar laws.
Covered workers will be able to use accrued sick leave for their own illnesses or those of family members, or to seek support in dealing with domestic violence or sexual assault. Employers that already offer more generous paid sick leave need not change their existing leave policies.
The new law does not cover independent contractors, seasonal workers or those hired for fewer than six months, adjunct professors, interns, government employees and workers covered by union contracts.
Note: Employers administering paid sick leave for the first time must incorporate leave accrual intoand coordinate paid-leave benefits with leave under the if the employer is covered by both laws.