Rachel Felton, Attorney at Law

Rachel D. Felton


Posted on December 22, 2020

The City of Pittsburgh now requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide COVID-19 related paid sick leave to certain employees who work within the City of Pittsburgh.

Paid sick leave must be provided to employees who:

  • Are working in the City of Pittsburgh;
  • Normally work in the City of Pittsburgh, but arecurrently teleworking from any other location as a result of COVID-19; or
  • Work from multiple locations or from mobile locations, provided that 51 percent or more of the employee’s time is spent within the City of Pittsburgh.

The paid sick leave is available where an employee cannot work or telework because:

  • A public official or public health authority, a health care provider, or an employer determines the employee’s presence on the job or in the community would jeopardize the health of others because of the employee’s exposure to COVID-19 or because the individual is exhibiting symptoms that might jeopardize the health of others, regardless of whether the individual has been diagnosed with COVID-19;
  • The employee needs to self-isolate because the employee is diagnosed with COVID-19 or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or the employee needs to obtain medical diagnosis, care or treatment if experiencing symptoms of an illness related to COVID-19; or
  • To care for a family member who meets the requirements of Numbers 1 and 2.

Employees who work 40 or more hours per week must be provided with up to 80 hours of paid sick leave. Employees who work fewer than 40 hours per week must be provided with paid sick leave up to an amount equal to the amount of time the employee is otherwise scheduled to work or works on average in a 14-day period.

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