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  • Paid Sick Leave Laws Around the U.S.

    Employers Group | 05/13/2019 | News

    Photo by Joey Csyunyo

    By BLR

    *UPDATE* The information below reflects the new law in Dallas, Texas. Effective August 1, 2019, Dallas employers with six or more employees are required to provide paid sick leave to eligible employees.

    Prior to 2014, there were only 4 paid sick leave laws in effect nationwide. That number has grown to more than 30 laws, covering several states, cities, and counties. The information below provides a broader picture of which states, cities, and counties offer paid sick leave laws.

    Leave laws enacted for the entire state:

    • Arizona
    • California
    • Connecticut
    • Massachusetts
    • Maryland
    • Michigan
    • New Jersey
    • Oregon
    • Rhode Island
    • Vermont
    • Washington

    Additional leave laws enacted for specific cities and counties:

    • California
      • San Francisco (2017)
      • Oakland (2015)
      • Emeryville (2015)
      • Los Angeles (2016)
      • San Diego (2016)
      • Santa Monica (Jan. 1, 2017)
      • Berkeley (Oct. 1, 2017)

    Note: California employers in these cities must comply with both their state and city leave laws.

    • Illinois
      • Chicago (July 1, 2017)
      • Cook County (July 1, 2017)
    • Maryland
      • Montgomery County (October 2016)

    Maryland’s state sick leave law preempts future local leave laws, but does not affect Montgomery County’s existing law. Employers in Montgomery County must be familiar and compliant with both laws’ requirements.

    • Minnesota
      • Duluth (January 1, 2020)
      • Minneapolis (July 1, 2017)
      • St. Paul (July 1, 2017: 24 or more employees. January 1, 2018: <24 employees)
    • New Jersey
      • Effective October 29, 2018, all municipal ordinances (which include Jersey City, Newark, and Trenton) will be pre-empted by the state law.
    • New York
      • New York City (2014)
      • Westchester County (2019)
    • Pennsylvania
      • Philadelphia (2015)
    • Texas
      • Austin
      • Dallas (2019)
      • San Antonio (2019)

    Note: Austin’s sick leave law is currently on hold pending legal challenge. San Antonio’s law may see similar challenge.