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December 2020 Pennsylvania HR Legal Updates

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Pittsburgh Mandates COVID-19 Related Paid Time Off

What happened?
Effective December 9, 2020, the City of Pittsburgh has enacted a law requiring employers with 50 or more employees to provide paid time off for employees working in the city who miss work due to reasons related to COVID-19.

What are the details?
The employees entitled to paid time off are those who (a) work in the city; (b) normally work in the city, but are now teleworking from outside the city; and (c) employees who work at various locations, provided that at least 51 percent of their time is spent in the city.

An employee is eligible for paid time off after being employed for 90 days. Once an employee has been employed for 90 days, they are immediately entitled to take the full allotment of time off. There is no obligation to first accrue the paid time off.

The amount of paid time off is 80 hours for employees who work at least 40 hours per week. Part-time employees are entitled to paid time off in an amount equal to the average number of hours they are either scheduled to work or actually work.

Employees may utilize the leave for any of the following reasons:

  1. The employee is self-isolating because the employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or is experiencing symptoms or seeking a medical diagnosis related to COVID-19;
  2. The employee is told by a public official, health care provider, or the employer that the employee’s presence at work would jeopardize the health of others;
  3. The employee is exhibiting symptoms that could jeopardize the health of others, regardless of whether the employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19; or
  4. The employee is taking care of a family member who meets the standards in one through three above.

The ordinance will remain in effect until the end of the state of emergency declared within the City of Pittsburgh.

The full text of the ordinance can be found here.

What do employers need to do?
Employers with 50 or more employees, with any working within the City of Pittsburgh should update their paid time off policies and update their management teams about the new requirement.