Picking Up the PSL Pieces

For the past few years, I have been chronicling the development of the paid sick leave– PSL­– patchwork of state and local laws in a blog for a national law firm (www.disabilityleavelaw.com).  I began that effort after Connecticut, in 2012, became the first state to require employers to provide employees with paid sick leave.  While San Francisco and the District of Columbia had enacted PSL laws prior to 2012, the Connecticut law, followed soon by PSL ordinances in Seattle and Portland, Oregon, presaged a PSL movement.

What a movement it has been. In the four-plus years since the Connecticut law, more than 30 jurisdictions have enacted PSL legislation. California, Massachusetts, Oregon and Vermont have done so. Add the 20+ cities, one county and the District of Columbia and there are now more than 30 jurisdictions with PSL laws.

The movement is not over. Whether to require paid sick days continues to be debated in state and local legislatures. In some jurisdictions, the voters will decide in ballot initiatives in November whether they must receive paid sick time.  Whether the federal government adds to the PSL patchwork will depend on the outcome of the November elections.

Today, with this blog, I pick up the PSL pieces, so to speak, and resume reporting on PSL developments. My posts will address not just PSL laws but also other items related to the broader topic of employee absences from work.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Comments are always welcome!

Mike