Paid sick leave laws are steadily gaining traction among states and local municipalities across the United States. The legislation is popular for employees but poses new challenges for employers now required to comply with a patchwork of diverse legal requirements. This summer, Chicago became the latest city to join the trend, enacting a new sick-leave law effective July 1, 2017. Here’s what is required for Chicago employers, and what all employers should consider in developing sick-leave policies.
The National Trend – Challenging for All Employers
California, Oregon, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia are examples of states that have recently adopted sick leave laws. At the same time, more than 25 local municipalities have joined the bandwagon by enacting their own versions, including New York City, Seattle, Philadelphia, and now Chicago. Due to this mix of new municipal and state laws, other states – particularly within the South and Midwest (excluding Illinois) – have responded by passing laws preempting local paid sick leave laws, seeking to avoid a complicated patchwork of local laws burdening employers.