Catch the Latest on Paid Sick Leave

U.S. employees have been granted greater access to paid sick leave over the last 25 years, due to an increasing number of state and municipal laws. This evolution of paid sick leave has created a geographical patchwork, which makes compliance challenging for employers. DMEC publishes paid sick leave updates to help employers of all sizes stay abreast of changes.



CDC Shortens COVID-19 Isolation Guidelines; Potential Impact on New York COVID-19 Paid Leave

March 8, 2024On Mar. 1, 2024, the CDC scaled back its guidance regarding COVID-19, most notably ending its recommendation of a five-day quarantine following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

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

January 12, 2024On 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").

Cook County, IL Passes New Paid Leave Ordinance; Releases Related Model Notice

December 29, 2023The Cook County Paid Leave Ordinance passed the Cook County Board by a nearly unanimous vote on Dec. 14, 2023. One Board member declined to vote, but the remaining 16 members present voted in favor the proposed legislation.

California Paid Sick Leave Amendments Effective 1/1; DIR Publishes Updated FAQs and Model Poster

December 14, 2023On Dec. 12, 2023, the DIR published updated Frequently Asked Questions regarding California Paid Sick Leave. These FAQs provide the first guidance on California’s amended Paid Sick Leave law, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2024.

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

December 14, 2023On 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.

Chicago Enacts Novel Dual Paid Sick Leave / Paid Time Off Law

November 13, 2023Chicago Enacts Novel Dual Paid Sick Leave / Paid Time Off Law Sara Eber Fowler, Adam J. Rongo, and Joshua D. Seidman Seyfarth Shaw What You Need To Know On ... Read More

Minnesota Publishes Sample Earned Sick and Safe Time Employee Notice

November 10, 2023When the Minnesota ESST mandate takes effect at the start of 2024, covered employers will be required to provide eligible Minnesota employees with at least one hour of paid ESST for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 48 hours per year and an overall balance of 80 hours.

California Officially Expands Statewide Paid Sick Leave Law

October 10, 2023On Sept. 13, 2023, the California legislature passed S.B. 616, which expanded the State’s existing paid sick leave mandate, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, in significant ways.

New York City Publishes Final Amendments to Earned Safe and Sick Time Rules

September 22, 2023On Sept. 15, 2023, the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (the “Department”) released final amendments to the New York City Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (“ESSTA”) Rules (“Rules”).

California State Legislature Passes Amendments to Statewide Paid Sick Leave Law

September 15, 2023California State has long been a leader in the paid sick leave space. The San Francisco local paid sick leave ordinance was the country’s first paid sick leave mandate impacting private employers at either the state or local level, and has been in effect for more than 15 years.

Imminent Changes to Colorado’s Healthy Families and Workplaces Act

July 28, 2023On June 2, 2023, Governor Jared Polis signed into law Senate Bill 23-017 (SB 23-017) which amended the Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA) and thereby expanded its covered reasons for use of paid sick leave.

Mental Health Wellness Days Coming Soon to Connecticut

July 19, 2023In 2012, Connecticut was among the first jurisdictions in the country to adopt a sick leave law[1] — which we have tracked from the start. Over a decade later, the law remains noteworthy because of its limited scope.

Illinois DOL Publishes Answers to FAQs on Paid Leave for All Workers Act

June 15, 2023On May 23, 2023, IDOL published “Paid Leave for All Workers Act Frequently Asked Questions,” providing the first guidance on Illinois’ impending Paid Leave for All Workers Act (the “Act”).

Colorado Amends Paid Sick Leave Law; Public Health Emergency Leave for COVID-19 Ends this Week

June 7, 2023Since 2020, Colorado has been one of the most active jurisdictions in the country in terms of imposing general and COVID-19 paid sick leave mandates on employers,[1] and subsequently amending corresponding regulations and administrative guidance.

Minnesota Legislature Passes Statewide Paid Sick and Safe Time Bill

May 17, 2023With the state legislature’s passage of the ESST mandate, Minnesota is poised to join 18 other states, plus Washington, D.C., as jurisdictions that have enacted a statewide paid sick leave or general paid time off mandate.

Current Michigan Paid Sick Leave Law (Not Original 2018 Act) To Remain in Effect

January 27, 2023Yesterday, the Michigan Court of Appeals reversed a July 2022 lower court decision that would have reinstated the 2018 Michigan Earned Sick Time Act on Feb. 20, 2023. As a result, barring an appeal of the decision or further action by the State legislature, the current Michigan paid sick leave and minimum wage laws will remain in effect.

Illinois to Become Third State to Enact Paid Leave Law

January 17, 2023On Jan. 10, 2023, the Paid Leave for All Workers Act (the “Act”), S.B. 208, passed both chambers in the Illinois Legislature, mere days into the new legislative session.