St. Paul Issues New Guidance For Employers Complying with the City’s Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

Jai HookerLegislative Updates

Continuing the wave of new rules and regulations related to paid leave in Minnesota, on Jan. 8, 2024, the St. Paul Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) issued guidance on its interpretation of St. Paul’s Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) Ordinance. St. Paul revised its ESST Ordinance in October 2023 to align with Minnesota’s ESST law, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2024

Philadelphia’s COVID-19 Sick Leave Law Expires

Jai HookerLegislative Updates

Philadelphia’s COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave law expired on Dec. 31, 2023. As a result, as of Jan. 1, 2024, employers are no longer required to provide additional paid sick leave to employees when they are absent for certain COVID-19 reasons.

Potential New York City Paid Sick Leave Private Right of Action Looms

Jai HookerPaid Sick Leave Updates

On Dec. 20, 2023, the New York City Council passed legislation that would create a private right of action to enforce the Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (“ESSTA”). If the legislation becomes law, it would allow employees who allege a violation of ESSTA to bring forward a civil action in court, in addition to filing a complaint with the City’s Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (“DCWP”).

When Will the Ball Drop? Still Waiting on the PWFA Final Regulations

Jai HookerLegislative Updates

We rang in the new year waiting and watching for the issuance of the EEOC’s final regulations implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) received the text of the final regulations for review on December 27. Assuming that the EEOC’s final regulations clear this review, we expect the regulations to be published in the Federal Register soon.

Chicago Delays Implementation of New Paid Leave Law ‘Til Mid-2024

Jai HookerPaid Sick Leave Updates

On Nov. 9, 2023, the Chicago City Council passed the Ordinance and surprised many employers with its Dec. 31, 2023 effective date. The sweeping changes – mandating 40 hours of Paid Leave and 40 hours of Paid Sick and Safe Leave – left employers scrambling to change and align their paid leave policies as the year end approached.