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Advancing the rights of working families.

Pittsburgh

On August 3, 2015, the Pittsburgh City Council passed a paid sick time law, joining Philadelphia as the second city in Pennsylvania to ensure this basic right for workers. We were proud to work with Pittsburgh United and other partners on the ground to enact this protection.

Under Pittsburgh’s paid sick time law, workers in businesses with 15 or more workers are entitled to earn up to 40 hours of paid sick time a year. Workers in businesses with fewer than 15 workers will have the right to earn up to 24 hours of sick time; this time will be unpaid but job-protected in the first year the law is effective and paid in future years.

Under the law, workers can use sick time to recover from their own illness or to care for sick family members. The law covers an employee’s child, parent, spouse, domestic partner, parent of a spouse or domestic partner, grandparent, spouse or domestic partner of a grandparent, grandchild, sibling, and any individual for whom the employee received oral permission from the employer to care for at the time of the employee's request to use sick time.

Although a lower court ruled against the law in late 2015 based on a unique provision in Pennsylvania law, the city will be appeal the decision.

The full text of the law is available here.

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