Paid sick leave is a current legislative trend across America. With 50 states and 39,000 municipalities In the U.S., new rules and regulations are being mandated rapidly. Five states – Oregon, California, Connecticut, Vermont, and Massachusetts – have policies in place, as does the District of Columbia. Over 25 local jurisdictions in California, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington also have passed laws.
Here is a look at where two cities in Washington stands on paid sick leave, and how it affects average American workers:
- All employers with more than four full-time equivalent employees must provide full-time, part-time, and temporary workers with paid sick leave.
- Employees with more than four but less than 50 employees must provide one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked – not to exceed 40 hours per year.
- Note: Up to 40 hours of sick leave can be carried over per year.
- Employers with 50 to 249 employees must provide one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked – not to exceed 56 hours of paid sick leave that can be carried over to the next year.
- Employers with 250 or more employees must provide one hour paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked – not to exceed 72 hours of paid sick leave per year with 72 hours of roll over.
- Employees (full-time, part-time, temporary) accrue paid sick leave at a rate of one hour per every 40 hours worked.
- Employees can accrue up to 24 hours of sick leave per year – allowed to carry over up to 40 hours of unused sick leave for the next year – can use a combined total of 40 hours in subsequent years.
- Employees may use paid leave after 180 days of employment.
- Employers must provide a workplace notice informing all employees.
Do you live in Seattle or Tacoma? What impact have those regulations had on you?