Category Archives: Paid Sick Leave

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Employer Still Wins – Even Though Job Eliminated and Work from Home Request is Denied

Dealing with leave issues is a familiar situation to human resources and employment law professionals – but there can be happy endings for employers, even when there is a sympathetic story involved, in addition to legal rights under Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Recently, a federal appeals … Continue reading this entry

Michigan’s New Minimum Wage and Sick Leave Laws

On December 13, 2018, Michigan’s governor signed into law two bills affecting employers in Michigan: a minimum wage law and a paid sick leave law. Versions of the laws were originally adopted in September 2018, when the Michigan legislature took advantage of a state process allowing it to adopt proposals that would otherwise be on … Continue reading this entry

Court Strikes Down Austin’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Earlier this year, the city of Austin became the first Texas city to join the growing number of localities throughout the nation passing legislation requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees.  However, this past Friday, November 16, 2018, the Austin-based 3rd Court of Appeals issued an opinion that will prevent the local … Continue reading this entry

Paid Sick Leave Requirements Beginning to Resemble a Crazy Quilt of Legislation

The proliferation of paid sick leave (PSL) laws at state and local levels, with differing and sometimes conflicting provisions, presents compliance challenges for multistate employers.  Last week’s article presented a number of items often addressed in a PSL statute or ordinance.  This week, we offer some general policy considerations to assist employers who are confronted … Continue reading this entry

Paid Sick Leave Requirements Driving you Crazy? You Are Not Alone.

As we have previously reported, the trend of states and jurisdictions enacting paid sick leave (PSL) requirements continues, posing compliance challenges for multistate employers and employers with employees in a both a city and a state with different PSL requirements.… Continue reading this entry

Austin Becomes First Texas City to Mandate Paid Sick Leave

In our previous post, we introduced the city of Austin’s proposed sick leave ordinance, which the city council approved at last week’s meeting. Gardere’s Fred Sultan, a member of the labor and employment group in Austin, provides an update: In the early hours of Feb. 16, Austin became the first city in Texas to require … Continue reading this entry

Comments on Austin's Proposed Sick Leave Ordinance

With the vote on the proposed sick leave ordinance in Austin coming Feb. 15, we asked Fred Sultan, a member Gardere’s labor and employment group in Austin, on what local employers need to know. Here are Fred’s main takeaways: The City of Austin’s proposed sick-leave ordinance clearly has implications for private employers that do not … Continue reading this entry

Paid Sick Leave Laws are Sweeping the Country: Are You in Compliance?

Paid sick leave, like paid family leave, is one example of an employment law issue where states are acting without waiting for the federal government.  While former President Obama issued an Executive Order establishing paid sick leave for federal contractors, there is no federal law requiring private sector employers to offer paid sick leave.  Because … Continue reading this entry

The Second City Adopts Paid Sick Leave Following Burgeoning National Trend

Late last month, the Chicago City Council unanimously approved a new paid sick leave ordinance requiring virtually every employer in the city to provide at least some paid time off to employees for sick leave purposes. Cook County’s Board of Commissioners is expected to approve a similar ordinance later this year. Chicago is not forging … Continue reading this entry

Coming Soon to a Federal Contractor Near You: Paid Sick Leave

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On Labor Day, September 7, 2015, President Obama signed Executive Order 13706 – Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. The Executive Order requires that certain federal contractors and subcontractors (the same ones subject to the increased minimum wage requirements that became effective last year), provide 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 … Continue reading this entry

When Conflicting Obligations Make You Sick: Complying With Sick Leave Laws

While President Obama’s recent push for a federal paid sick leave mandate for private-sector employees is unlikely to gain traction in the new Congress, employers still begin 2015 facing an intricate web of state and local sick leave laws that are apt to cause employers headaches and confusion. As we have noted previously, sick leave laws … Continue reading this entry

It’s Catching: Is the Spread of Paid Sick Leave Laws Making Employers Ill?

As winter has turned to spring, and flu season has turned to allergy season, have your employees been accruing government-mandated paid sick leave? They might be if they happen to work in New York City (NYC), Newark, or Connecticut or other localities where employers are increasingly being required to provide paid sick leave to employees. … Continue reading this entry

A Fever Over Paid Sick Leave Laws

On the heels of a nasty flu season, the topic of mandating paid sick leave seems more popular than ever. The battle between those who prefer their working and eating environments “sneeze-free” and those who prioritize limiting financial burdens on small businesses is a contentious one this year. Many state and local lawmakers have proposed … Continue reading this entry

Congress Again Discussing Whether Employers Should Be Required to Provide Sick Leave

Healthy Families Act legislation, which would require employers with 15 or more employees to provide workers with up to seven days of paid sick leave, was again introduced in the both the House and Senate on May 12, 2011 (H.R. 1876, S. 984). The House and Senate bills were identical and both were referred for … Continue reading this entry

Milwaukee's Sick Leave Ordinance Likely to Be Nullified

It seems likely that the Milwaukee Paid Sick Leave Ordinance will be nullified, and likely very soon. State legislators have been considering legislation that would make family and medical leave uniform throughout Wisconsin, which would essentially preempt Milwaukee’s Sick Leave Ordinance. The Senate has already passed such a bill, and on April 5, 2011, a … Continue reading this entry