When Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act more than 25 years ago, one of its purposes was to put a federal blanket over the patchwork of state and federal laws that prohibited discrimination against individuals with a disability. In March 2013, in a blog, I encouraged readers to watch carefully the paid sick leave (PSL) patchwork that was beginning to take shape. At that time, only one state – Connecticut – and only one handful of other jurisdictions had enacted a PSL law. Now, just a few years later, more than 30 jurisdictions have enacted PSL laws and more are on the way. While these laws, viewed as a whole, have a particular legislative rhythm, each has its unique provisions.
Merriam-Webster defines “patchwork” as “something composed of miscellaneous or incongruous parts; hodgepodge.” Given the number and differences among these laws, PSL, without doubt, has achieved full “patchwork” or “hodgepodge” status. This blog will report on PSL and related developments of which, no doubt, there will be many.
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