Compliance Memos: July 2018

Tasha Patterson@Work


Paid Sick Leave Laws Advancing in More States in 2018

This year is the most active yet for implementation of state paid sick leave (PSL) laws, including: Washington (January), Maryland (February), Rhode Island (July), and New Jersey (Oct. 29). That brings the total number of states with PSL laws to 10, including: Arizona, Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Vermont. With PSL laws already introduced in at least 14 state legislatures, 2019 might be even more active.

New Jersey’s new law will eliminate 13 municipal PSL laws when it takes effect, which will reduce compliance complexity in that state. Municipal and county PSL laws can be complex and contentious. In May, a Minnesota court ruled that the PSL law of Minneapolis governs  only employers physically located in the city; other employers are unaffected, even if some of their employees work in the city. In April, the city of Austin went to court to defend its new PSL law, which is accused of violating Texas minimum wage laws by compelling employers to pay more than minimum wage. Pittsburgh’s PSL law is being litigated on the basis that it exceeds the authority granted localities in  Pennsylvania. For more PSL updates, visit

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