Pittsburgh’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Blocked by Court

Published on January 25, 2016

Court blocks Pittsburgh’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

You could say Pittsburgh’s Paid Sick Leave is taking some time off – maybe permanently.

The Ordinance was struck down after an Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas judge determined that the new Ordinance was unenforceable. This effectively kills the Ordinance and its posting requirement.

Although Pittsburgh is a home rule charter municipality (which allows it to make its own rules), the Court ruled that the City cannot violate limits imposed by Pennsylvania state law. In this case, state law prohibits cities from placing responsibilities or requirements upon businesses, occupations, and employers. The Pittsburgh Paid Sick Ordinance imposed a requirement on employers, and therefore the Ordinance violated state law.

Pittsburgh had previously released two required postings under the Ordinance. As of this publication, the City of Pittsburgh had not yet removed its Paid Sick Days Act information from the city’s website.

GovDocs will continue to monitor the case to see if the city appeals the ruling.

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