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Requiring Employers to Pay for Sick Days; a National Trend

PAID SICK LEAVE BENEFITS, A NATIONWIDE LIST – Is Your Business Affected?

Currently, no federal paid sick leave law exists. However, over the last decade, many states, counties and cities have passed distinct laws requiring covered employers to provide such benefits to designated workers.

Businesses employing persons in multiple covered locations may face conflicting requirements for each.

A current list of jurisdictions nationwide that we have found with such laws:

State/County/City  Covered Employers Effective Date
Arizona All employers regardless of size. July 1, 2017
California All employers regardless of size. July 1, 2015
Berkeley, CA All employers regardless of size. October 1, 2017
Emeryville, CA All employers regardless of size. July 2, 2015
Los Angeles, CA Employers with 26 or more employees. July 1, 2016
Employers with 25 or fewer employees. July 1, 2017
Long Beach, CA Hotel employers. November 6, 2012
Oakland, CA All employers regardless of size. March 2, 2015
San Diego, CA All employers regardless of size. July 11, 2016
San Francisco, CA All employers regardless of size. February 5, 2007
Santa Monica, CA All employers regardless of size. January 1, 2017
Connecticut For employers with 50 or employees (for services workers only.) January 1, 2012
District of Columbia All employers regardless of size. November 13, 2008
Chicago, IL All employers regardless of size that maintain a business facility within the
City of Chicago and/or are required to obtain a business license to operate in
the city.
July 1, 2017
Cook County, IL All employers that employ at least one covered employee at a place of business within the Cook County. July 1, 2017
Montgomery County, MD Employers with five or more employees, and both paid and unpaid if it has fewer than 5 employees. October 1, 2016
Massachusetts Employers with 11 or more employees and unpaid if fewer than 11. July 1, 2015
Minneapolis, MN Employers with 6 or more employees. Employers with 5 or fewer employees can choose to provide unpaid leave. July 1, 2017
St. Paul, MN Employers with 24 or more employees. July 1, 2017
Bloomfield, NJ All employers regardless of size. July 1, 2015
Elizabeth, NJ All employers regardless of size. March 2, 2016
East Orange, NJ All employers regardless of size. January 7, 2015
Irvington, NJ All employers regardless of size. January 28, 2015
Jersey City, NJ Employers with 10 or more employees. Employers with fewer than 10 employees can provide unpaid sick days. January 24, 2014
Montclair, NJ All employers regardless of size. March 4, 2015
Morristown, NJ All employers regardless of size. January 11, 2017
New Brunswick, NJ Employers with 5 or more full time employees. January 6, 2016
Newark, NJ All employers regardless of size. June 21, 2014
Passaic, NJ All employers regardless of size. January 1, 2015
Paterson, NJ All employers regardless of size. January 8, 2015
Plainfield, NJ All employers regardless of size. July 15, 2016
New York City, NY Employers with five or more employees, or one or more domestic worker. Employers with fewer than five employees must provide unpaid sick leave. April 1, 2014
Portland, OR All employers with 10 or more employees (at least 6 for employers located in Portland) Employers with less than 10 employees (less than 6 for employers located in Portland.) January 1, 2016
Philadelphia, PA Employers with 10 or more employees must provide paid sick leave. Employers with 9 employees must provide unpaid sick leave. May 13, 2015
Vermont Employers with more than five employees. January 1, 2017
Employers with five or fewer employees. January 1, 2018
Washington All Employers regardless the size. January 1, 2018
SeaTac, WA Hospitality, transportation and retail employers with 10 or more employees (non – managerial employees.) January 1, 2014
Seattle, WA All employers with more than four full- time equivalent employees (including full time, part-time and temporary workers.) September 1, 2012
Spokane, WA All employers regardless of size. New businesses which start up during 2017 will have an additional year from the date they get their first business registration in Spokane.  January 1, 2017
Tacoma, WA All employers regardless of size. February 1, 2016

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For more information, please contact Tim Bowles, Cindy Bamforth or Helena Kobrin.

Cindy Bamforth
August 15, 2017