Pittsburgh has passed a sweeping ordinance granting paid sick leave to employees of almost every private employer based in the city. The ordinance covers both full- and part-time workers.
Employees accrue one hour of paid sick leave for each 35 hours they work. Workers who are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act accrue sick leave based on either an employee’s normal work week or 40 hours per week, whichever is less.
The ordinance excludes independent contractors, state and federal employees, members of construction unions covered by a collective bargaining agreement and seasonal employees who are notified in writing when they are hired that they will work no more than 16 weeks during the calendar year.
Employers with 15 or more employees must allow workers to accumulate 40 hours of sick leave. Smaller employers must permit them to accumulate 24 hours of leave. Employees may roll unused leave over from year to year, but may not use more than 40 hours (for larger employers) or 24 (for smaller employers) per year. Smaller employers may provide just unpaid leave during the ordinance’s first year.
Note: Pittsburgh employers should consult with their attorneys to ensure they are in compliance with the new law. Even companies that have paid time off policies should make sure those policies comply with the new ordinance.