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Paid Sick Leave—State Law Overview


As a growing trend, states across the country are continuing to enact their own paid sick leave laws. Currently, 13 states and the District of Columbia have enacted statewide laws that require employers to provide paid sick leave benefits to employees. An additional two states—Maine and Nevada—have laws mandating paid employee leave for any reason. Employers that are subject to these laws may face compliance challenges as they update their existing leave policies for the new requirements.

Each of these state laws has its own rules for covered employers, qualifying reasons for leave and amount of paid leave. This Paid Sick Leave—State Law Overview includes a chart that provides a high-level overview of current statewide paid leave laws. 

Cities and counties across the country additionally have local ordinances that mandate paid sick leave. For example, New York City; Chicago; and Montgomery County, Maryland all have enacted local paid sick leave ordinances. Employers must generally comply with both the statewide paid sick leave laws and local ordinances, if applicable.

Local Laws - Employers must determine whether they are required to comply with any local paid sick leave ordinances in addition to statewide paid sick leave laws.

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