As of July 1, 2012, covered employers in Philadelphia are now required to afford sick leave to certain employees. Here is a copy of the new law. You'll also need to read this bill to have any chance at making heads or tails of the new sick-leave requirements.
Who is a covered employer?
What does a covered employer have to do?
All employees accrue a minimum of one hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours worked in Philadelphia. Employees will not accrue more than 56 hours of paid sick time in a calendar year, unless the employer selects a higher limit. Employees of small businesses (6-10 employees) will not accrue more than 32 hours of paid sick time in a calendar year unless the employer selects a higher limit.
And if you screw up?
You'll have to pay the full amount of any unpaid sick time plus any actual damages suffered plus an equal amount of liquidated damages. Aggrieved persons shall also be entitled to reasonable attorney's fees.
This article was originally published onEric B. Meyer'sblog, The Employer Handbook.
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