March 31, 2020
On March 20, 2020, the City of Philadelphia announced expansions to its paid sick leave law relating to COVID-19. Specifically, during the COVID-19 risk, covered employees can use accrued paid sick leave time for mandated business closures, caring for children during school or childcare closures, official or self-quarantine, and illness and treatment of an illness for an individual and their family member. In addition, employees are not required to provide a note from a medical professional in order to use consecutive paid sick leave during the COVID-19 risk.
Employers with Philadelphia employees should review the announcement and work with outside counsel in updating their leave policies to reflect the ability of employees to use accrued paid sick leave for the above COVID-19 reasons
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