Allegheny County Paid Sick Leave Ordinance – Take Two
March 31, 2022
In January, we wrote about Allegheny County’s paid sick leave regulations that took effect in December 2021. Now, we write to tell you that the regulations have changed. The change will affect only one key industry – construction.
When the Allegheny County Board of Health drafted its paid sick leave regulations, it clearly modeled them after Pittsburgh City’s Paid Sick Leave Act. Except for the number of employees that trigger the sick leave requirement, Allegheny County’s draft regulations were nearly identical to the City’s. Ostensibly, the County drafted its regulations so similarly to the City’s to allow for ease of administration. With nearly identical ordinances, employers did not need to try to administer two materially different ordinances depending on whether their employees were working in the City or the County. But, when Allegheny County enacted the final version of its regulations, it had one significant difference compared to the City’s Act – the definition of “employee.”