Philadelphia's Sick Leave Ordinance Takes Effect July 1

Author:Ms Emily Miller
Profession:Cozen O'Connor
 
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Beginning July 1, 2012, certain employers within the city of Philadelphia will be required to provide up to 56 hours of paid sick leave for their regular full-time employees each year. The sick leave ordinance, which amends Chapter 17-1300 of the Philadelphia Code, is the city's answer to an earlier unsuccessful attempt to enact a broader paid sick leave requirement (Bill No. 080474-AA), which would have applied to virtually all Philadelphia employers. The ordinance requires covered employers to provide "at least the number of earned sick leave days that the Employer would have been required to provide to such Employees if the provisions of Bill No. 080474-AA ... had been enacted into law."

The sick pay ordinance applies only to the following employers:

the city of Philadelphia, including all of its agencies, department, and offices; for-profit service contractors that receive or are subcontractors on contract(s) from the city of $10,000 or more in a 12-month period, and have annual gross receipts of more than $1 million; nonprofit service contractors that receive or are subcontractors on contract(s) from the city of more than $100,000 in a 12-month period; recipients of city leases, concessions, or franchises or subcontractors thereof, that employ more than 25 employees; city financial aid recipients; and public agencies that receive contract(s) from the city of $10,000 or more in a 12-month period. Chapter 17-1300 of the Philadelphia Code, titled the "Philadelphia 21st Century Minimum Wage and Benefits Standard," provides complex definitions for "City financial aid recipients" and "service contractor." Employers should consult with counsel to determine whether they are covered under the ordinance. It is clear, however, that employers with less than five employees are not required to provide paid sick leave.

Any employer covered by the ordinance that has more than 11 employees will be required to provide one hour of sick leave to covered employees for every 40 hours worked in Philadelphia, up to an annual maximum of 56 hours. Covered employers with between five and 11 employees must provide a maximum of 32 hours of paid sick leave per year.

The paid leave requirement applies only to full-time, nontemporary, non-seasonal employees who perform work arising directly out of a service contract; city financial aid;...

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