PAID SICK LEAVE: STAYING HEALTHY AT THE LOCAL LEVEL

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Paid sick leave is to grow substantially at the local level over the next year. Thirty localities are to require employers to provide paid sick leave to employees, compared with five states and the District of Columbia.

New Jersey has the largest number of local jurisdictions requiring paid sick leave, with 13. In all the jurisdictions, except New Brunswick, employees may earn one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked. New Brunswick allows the accrual of one hour of sick leave for every 35 hours worked.

Paid sick leave in Morristown, the most recent New Jersey jurisdiction to approve the requirement, was originally scheduled to take effect Oct. 4 but has been delayed until Jan. 11. In addition to providing employees with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, employers with at least 10 employees may limit the annual accrual of paid sick time to 40 hours and employers with fewer than 10 employees may limit annual accrual to 24 hours.

These localities also are to require employers to provide paid sick leave to employees in 2017:

Berkeley, Calif: Effective Oct. 1, 2017, employees who have not accrued paid sick time under state law are to earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, while employees who earn paid sick leave  under state law are to continue accruing leave at the same rate. Employers with fewer than 25 employees may limit the accrued hours to 48. Employers with at least 25 employees may limit paid sick leave at 72 hours. Employees may carry over unused sick leave from year to year, but may not exceed the established annual limits.

Santa Monica, Calif.: The city’s paid sick leave rule is to take effect Jan. 1, 2017. Employees must accrue at least one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, employers with at least 26 employees are required to allow the accrual of at least 40 hours of paid sick leave and employers with fewer than 26 employees are required to allow the accrual of at least 32 hours of paid sick leave.

Chicago: Effective July 1, 2017, employees are to earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked. Employers must allow them to accrue at least 40 hours of paid sick time a year and to carry over at least 20 hours year to year.

St.Paul, Minn.: Effective July 1, 2017, employers with at least 24 employees must allow employees to earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. Effective Jan. 1, 2018, this rule is to apply to employers with fewer than 24 employees.

Spokane, Wash.: Effective Jan. 1, 2017, employees are to earn one hour of paid sick and safe time for every 30 hours worked. Employers with at least 10 employees must allow workers to accrue at least 40 hours a year, while employees with fewer than 10 employees must allow workers to accrue at least 24 hours a year.

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