Find Out if Pennsylvania Sick Leave Law Applies to You
Are you trying to find out if there’s a Pennsylvania sick leave law?
While there are no sick leave laws that apply to Pennsylvania as a whole, there is county- and city-specific legislation under which you may be covered. Find out what it entails and how in this guide.
There is no state-wide law that regulates sick leave for workers in Pennsylvania. While other states have their own form of legislation or fall under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), only specific areas in the state are covered by similar laws:
- Paid Sick Days Act Ordinance (Allegheny County)
- Temporary COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Ordinance
This ordinance was approved in September 2021 and is seen as the first step towards a state-wide provision for sick leave.
Applying to all businesses in Allegheny County with more than 26 employees, this law allows workers to accrue one hour of Pennsylvania sick leave for every 35 hours worked. Accrual and use of sick leave are capped at 40 hours per year.
Whether or not this PA sick leave law applies to you depends on your type of employment:
|Employment Type||Covered (Yes/No)|
The law states several uses for Pennsylvania sick leave:
- Diagnosis, care, or treatment of your mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition
- Care of a family member with one of the conditions named above
- Situations when your workplace or your child’s school or care facility has been closed due to a public health emergency
- Care of a family member deemed dangerously contagious by healthcare professionals
It stipulates that employers with more than 50 employees must offer up to 80 hours of sick leave for workers for the following reasons:
- Care for oneself or a family member with COVID-19 symptoms
- Care for oneself or a family member in quarantine at the recommendation of a healthcare professional
- Closure of your child’s school or daycare center as a result of the pandemic
- COVID-19 vaccination
No one should have to be sick at work. Cloud-based data access and communication platforms like Zoom have made it easy to stay in the loop while you spend a day resting in.
Whether you have a sore back or it’s your first day at work, experts agree that the best course of action is to stay home. Depending on where you work in Pennsylvania, you may not have the right to paid sick leave, but you can still ask your employer to take a day off to rest and keep your coworkers from catching whatever you have.
While your boss cannot force you to come into work, you’re also not protected from termination by any state or federal laws. If you believe you have been wrongfully fired for being sick, you can sue your boss in small claims court—and DoNotPay can help.
Next, get in touch with your boss by:
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Our AI-powered app offers the Request Sick Leave product to facilitate the process of preparing a professional letter for your manager.
Here is how it works:
- Select the Request Sick Leave product
- Provide information about your job
- State how long you will be away
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