Pittsburgh paid sick leave and dual-posting requirement.
The new Pittsburgh Paid Sick Days Act (Section 626) requires employers to provide paid sick time to both full-time and part-time employees at a rate of 1 hour of paid sick time for every 35 hours worked. The City also requires employers to display two workplace postings concerning the ordinance.
Pittsburgh Paid Sick Days Accrual and Use
Beginning January 11, 2016, employees in Pittsburgh begin accruing sick time at a rate of 1 hour of paid sick time for every 35 hours worked. Employees can use accrued sick time when the employee or the employee’s family member is sick, injured, receiving medical attention, or in the event of a declared public health emergency.
The sick time accrued by an employee may be used for care for employee’s:
- Mental or physical illness, injury or health condition.
- Need for medical diagnosis, care, or treatment of a mental or physical illness, injury or health condition.
- Need for preventive medical care.
- Family member with a mental or physical illness, injury or health condition.
- Family member who needs medical diagnosis, care, or treatment of a mental or physical illness, injury or health condition.
- Family member who needs preventive medical care.
Workers can accrue and carry-over paid sick time each year to certain limits:
- Businesses with 15 or more employees: 40 hours per year.
- Businesses with 14 or fewer employees: 24 hours per year.
Employers may also choose to allow employees to earn sick leave at a rate more generous than the required minimum rate.
Employers may require reasonable notice before using sick time, up to seven days’ notice for planned absences and as soon as possible for unplanned events.
Pittsburgh Paid Sick Days Posting Requirements
Businesses operating in the city limits of Pittsburgh are required to display two different Paid Sick Time notices: one is the Notice to Employees that features the large-print question “Are You Receiving Paid Sick Time?”; the second notice is titled Pittsburgh Paid Sick Time and is laid out in an FAQ format.
Employers must post both notices in a visible location for all employees to see. Failing to provide this notice may result in penalties of up to $100 for each violation.
GovDocs City Posting Coverage
The trend nationally is for more cities and counties to implement minimum wage and paid sick leave ordinances that also require businesses to display workplace notices. For large companies with locations across the country, this adds a layer of complexity for posting compliance managers.
Fortunately, locations in Pittsburgh covered under the GovDocs Update Program will automatically receive the required posting before the January 11, 2016 effective date.
GovDocs currently monitors more than 80 cities in the U.S. based on population and whether they have ordinances requiring postings. Our city posting coverage helps GovDocs live up to our promise to help North America’s largest employers eliminate barriers to total posting compliance.
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