Effective Date of Pittsburgh’s Paid Sick Days Act Delayed Until March

The “Paid Sick Days Act” (the “Act”), which was passed by the Pittsburgh City Council on August 3, 2015, was originally set to take effect on January 11, 2016. A legal challenge to the Act, however, has delayed the effective date until March 10, 2016.

Leech Tishman previously issued an alert detailing many of the Act’s provisions. The lawsuit challenging the Act was brought by the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association and a group of local businesses, who argue that the Act “ignores the individual business realities facing employers” and violates the statutory limits on the City of Pittsburgh’s power. In connection with the lawsuit, Judge Joseph James of the Allegheny Court of Common Pleas recently signed an order staying “implementation, application and enforcement” of the Act for 60 days beyond the original January 11, 2016 effective date.

Accordingly, barring another delay or a declaration that the Act is null and void, as of March 10, 2016, covered employers will be required to comply with the Act and eligible employees will begin accruing sick time under it.

Leech Tishman will provide updates on the Paid Sick Days Act, including the issuance of regulations and the outcome of litigation. Our attorneys are available to assist your organization with any questions regarding the Paid Sick Days Act, and can also provide guidance with respect to implementing and enforcing appropriate policies and procedures, and providing notice.

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