New State and Local Paid Sick Leave Laws Coming This Summer

June 8, 2017|

Per The Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act, or Proposition 206, Arizona employers will be required to provide earned paid sick leave to employees starting July 1, 2017.  While there are legal challenges to the law, the courts have allowed the enactment to proceed.

Paid sick time requirements apply to all businesses, regardless of size.  However, the time accrued differs for small businesses with one to 14 employees. Small employers must provide 24 hours of earned paid sick time per year while large employers with 15 or more employees must provide 40 hours of earned paid sick time per year. For details, please visit the FAQ page of the Industrial Commission of Arizona website.

Cook County, Illinois, will mandate paid sick leave for Cook County employers, including Chicago employers, effective July 1, 2017. Employees will be eligible for paid sick time if they work 80 hours within 120 days. They will accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked up to 40 paid sick leave hours per year and up to 20 of those hours can be rolled over to the next year. For more information, reference the Cook County ordinance, Establishing Earned Sick Leave for Employees in Cook County.

The adjacent cities St. Paul and Minneapolis in Minnesota will require private employers to provide employees in those cities with paid sick leave starting July 1, 2017. Employees will earn one hour of paid sick time for each 30 hours worked up to a maximum of 80 hours over two years. There are some differences in the ordinances between the two cities: Minneapolis has exempted small employers with five or fewer employees, though they do need to provide unpaid sick leave, and St. Paul has extended the start date to January 1, 2018, for employers with 23 or fewer employees.

Note that the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is challenging the Minneapolis law in part because employers outside the cities’ limits are affected if they have employees within the city. The St. Paul ordinance has the same rule. A decision in that case may affect the details of both ordinances in the future. Also, Minnesota, among a handful of other states, is considering a bill to prevent cities and counties from passing these types of laws. The argument is that it becomes difficult for employers, especially national employers, to keep up with so many different paid sick leave laws. Seventeen states have laws allowing the state to preempt any local sick pay laws.