Pittsburgh Paid Sick Days Act
The City of Pittsburgh Paid Sick Days Act takes effect in a little less than two weeks. Once the act goes into effect, employees will be eligible to accrue paid sick leave.
Who does the act apply too?The Act requires that all covered employees receive paid sick days from their employers. Starting March 15, 2020, if you are an employee who works in the City of Pittsburgh, for a covered employer, you can begin to acquire one hour of sick time per 35 hours worked in the City. If your employer has more than 15 employees, you can accrue up to 40hrs of paid sick time in a calendar year. If your employer has less than 15 employees, you can accrue up to 24 hours of unpaid sick time for the year 2020, and starting in March 2021, you can get up to 24 hours of paid sick time.
Can my boss fire me for using paid sick leave under the ordinance?No. An employer "may not transfer, demote, discharge, suspend, reduce hours, or directly threaten such actions against a Covered Employee who requests or uses accrued Sick Time..."
Do I have to give notice to my employer in order to use paid sick leave?Yes. You must request the sick time verbally, or in writing, at least one hour before the start of your shift. And if the sick time is foreseeable, your employer can ask for seven days advance notice.
Do I have to bring in a doctor's excuse?Sometimes. The Act also prohibits an employer from requiring documentation for paid sick time that is less than three consecutive days, unless the paid sick time is in connection with FMLA leave. Employees are not required to explain the specific details or nature of employee's or employee's family member's medical condition but will have to bring in a doctor's note if they take more than three consecutive days.