Pennsylvania Supreme Court Upholds Pittsburgh Paid Sick Day Act

On July 17, 2019, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reversed the lower courts’ rulings which had halted implementation of the Pittsburgh Paid Sick Day Act (“PSDA”), originally adopted in 2015. The Court found that although ‘the PSDA certainly burdens Pittsburgh employers, it clearly falls within the ambit of the City’s express statutory authority to legislate in furtherance of disease control and prevention.’ We expect that this means the ordinance will now become effective, and we therefore encourage covered employers to consider revisiting their handbooks and policies, such as those addressing time off from work, call off procedures, documentation requirements and the like, to determine whether their existing policies already cover the requirements of the PSDA or whether some revision is necessary.

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