Regulations for Paid Sick Leave in Various Cities and States
Employers must stay on top of regulations to avoid fines
Charlotte, NC — August 7, 2017
As the debate around federal paid sick and family leave provisions continues in Washington, D.C., cities and states throughout the U.S. are implementing their own policies and regulations to fill in the gap. One of the first cities to pass a sick leave regulation was Chicago, when the City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that mandated paid sick leave for all employees within the city. The vote took place in June 2016. Four months later, Cook County, Illinois passed a similar mandatory paid sick leave ordinance.
Although these laws are similar, the one in Cook County only applies to private employers. It does not impact county municipalities with earned sick leave policies in place, as long as the policies are as generous or more generous than the Cook County ordinance and outline punishments that can be taken against employers that do not comply.
In late 2016, voters in Arizona passed Arizona Prop 206, which required nearly all employees within the state to earn paid sick time. When the law took effect on July 1, 2017, Arizona became one of eight states to require paid sick leave. Washington, D.C. also requires paid sick leave. In Arizona, the law applies to full-time, part-time, and temporary employees but excludes federal and state employees. Non-compliance could result in a penalty of at least $250 for the first violation and at least $1000 for each subsequent violation.
According to the laws, employees can take sick time to care for themselves or family members in the case of care or treatment for physical or mental illness, injury, or health condition, injuries caused by sexual violence, stalking, abuse, or domestic violence, or a public health crisis.
Earned sick time can be challenging to monitor and track. Features built into iSolved can separate paid sick time from PTO, allowing supervisors and employees to designate what type of leave they are taking.
The penalties and fines for non-compliance with these paid sick time laws are stiff, so it’s vital for employers to update their policies and comply with local regulations. As other states and cities join the growing list of locations to require paid sick time, there will likely be an increase in employers needing a seamless, accurate way to track accruals of sick time for employees. iSolved provides an easy way to remain in compliance.
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