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Fifteen states and the District of Columbia now require employers to provide paid sick leave to its employees. Three became effective on January 1, 2021(Colorado, Maine, and New York). In addition, 22 municipalities require employees receive paid sick leave and 14 states are considering passing laws soon. A Federal Law requiring paid sick leave seems to be getting closer to becoming a reality.
Do you have a Federal Contract? If so, you are required to have a sick leave policy.
Do you have a contract with a municipality? If so, have you checked the fine print to see if you have to offer paid sick leave to your employees?
Every Law is Different
One thing to know is that every state and municipal law requiring mandatory paid sick leave is different. Trying to comply with all of them is causing much confusion. For example, Vermont requires paid sick leave be offered after one year of service while other require it after 90 or 120 days. New York’s law requires sick leave be paid as it accrues. Most require you offer paid sick leave to part time employees. Other require it of all employees – even those who work on an on-call basis.
Is Your PTO Plan Obsolete?
PTO or a Paid Time Off programs that combined vacation and sick leave into one bucket of time off was the trend for many years. With the passage of these laws, many organizations are doing away with their PTO as many states require payment of unused PTO upon termination.
Bob McKenzie, has over 40 years of human resources management experience. His background includes a wide range of hands-on experience in all areas of Human resources management in all types of industries within the public and private sectors. Bob has been cited in a number of Human Resources trade publications. Among them are HR.com, HR Magazine, HR Florida Review, Vault.com, BNA and the Institute of Management and Administration and the Business Journal. He has been a speaker at a number of conferences as well as audio and web-based seminars. Bob is a graduate of Rider University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce Degree and double majored in Industrial Relations and Organizational Behavior.