Pennsylvania Sick Leave laws & compensation compliance analysis

Pennsylvania Sick Leave: What you need to know

There is no Pennsylvania state law requiring private employers to provide employees sick leave, paid or unpaid, although many employers do grant it as an important employee benefit.
It is important to remember, however, that if sick leave is promised, an employer may create a legal obligation to grant it. Employers should regularly review statements made in handbooks or elsewhere to ensure that they accurately reflect current policies. If changes are necessary, the policy should be revised and employees notified of the changes.
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Pennsylvania provides 13 days of sick leave per year to state employees. Employees receive one personal day the first calendar year of employment, 2 personal days the second calendar year, and four personal days each year thereafter. Some corrections officers have paid time off rather than sick, annual, or personal leave.
Accrual of sick leave. Sick leave begins to accrue immediately and can be used immediately.
Use of sick leave. State employees can use their sick leave for their own illness or to care for family members. An employee can also receive direct donations of additional paid leave from coworkers.
Note: BLR® provides comprehensive employment law coverage at the federal and state levels. However, businesses may be subject to additional requirements at the local (city, county, and municipal) level.
For select cities, BLR will provide a brief overview of these requirements.
If your locality is not listed below, or if you require further guidance on a law that is listed, we recommend contacting the area chamber of commerce or the appropriate local enforcement, executive, or legislative body (e.g., city council, city labor ...

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Pennsylvania Sick Leave Resources

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Forms Paid Time Off (PTO)
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