COVID-19 pandemic paid sick leave resources

Health Care Employee Pandemic Paid Sick Leave

On September 9, 2020, the City amended Chapter 9-4100 of the Philadelphia Code, entitled “Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces,” so that certain health care employees are compensated in the event they contract a communicable disease during a pandemic or epidemic event, all under certain terms and conditions.

Health care employers are required to provide certain health care employees and pool employees with paid sick leave when they miss work and test positive for COVID-19.  This includes hospitals, nursing homes, and home health providers.

In order to qualify for this additional COVID-19 pandemic paid sick leave, the health care employee must have worked for the employer at least 40 hours in the three months prior to contracting COVID-19.

Public Health Emergency Paid Sick Leave

Effective September 17, 2020 through December 31, 2020, Chapter 9-4100 of the Philadelphia Code, entitled “Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces,” was amended so that employers with 500 or more employees are required to provide up to 112 hours of paid sick leave under certain circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic to Philadelphia employees who request it due to:

  • Care for self or family member showing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Care for self or family member advised to self quarantine by a health care provider.
  • Care for self or family during local quarantine.
  • Childcare closure.

A note is not required in order to request public health emergency paid sick leave.

Employees excluded under the FFCRA may be covered under the public health emergency paid sick leave amendment.

Additional Information for COVID-19 Pandemic Paid Sick Leave

Retaliation by employers is illegal. Additional protections including providing notice of this protection are outlined in the resources below.

Employees can file a complaint about violations of paid sick leave during the pandemic with the Mayor’s Office of Labor by completing the complaint form below and emailing it to  COVID19WorkplaceProtections@phila.gov  or calling (215) 686-0802.

Employers can contact the Office of Benefits and Wage Compliance at the Mayor’s Office of Labor for compliance assistance. For more information or to ask questions, email  COVID19WorkplaceProtections@phila.gov  or call (215) 686-0802. Language access is available.

Workers may  also be eligible for the City’s Paid Sick Leave, the FFCRA for employees who work for employers with 499 or less employees, or other federal protections.

Name Description Released Format
COVID-19 pandemic paid sick leave complaint form PDF Use this form to report a violation of paid sick leave during the pandemic. September 18, 2020
COVID-19 pandemic paid sick leave guide PDF A guide to the City's COVID-19 pandemic paid sick leave with possible scenarios. October 2, 2020
COVID-19 pandemic paid sick leave guide in multiple languages PDF A guide to the City's COVID-19 pandemic paid sick leave with possible scenarios. in multiple languages October 15, 2020
COVID-19 pandemic paid sick leave poster PDF A printable poster with information about paid sick leave during the COIVD-19 pandemic. Employers must post this notice or provide the information to each employee. October 2, 2020
COVID-19 pandemic paid sick leave poster in multiple languages PDF A printable poster with information about paid sick leave during the COIVD-19 pandemic in multiple languages. Employers must post this notice or provide the information to each employee. October 15, 2020
Public health emergency paid sick leave PDF Amendment to Chapter 9-4100 of the Philadelphia Code, entitled Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces, requiring employers with 500 or more employees to provide public health emergency paid sick leave. September 22, 2020
Pandemic amendment to paid sick leave law for health care workers PDF Amendment to Chapter 9-4100 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces, requiring health care employers to provide certain health care employees and pool employees with paid sick leave when they miss work and test positive for COVID-19. September 18, 2020
COVID-19 pandemic paid sick leave regulations PDF Regulations for Chapter 9-4100 of the Philadelphia Code, Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces—otherwise known as paid sick leave, provide details to pandemic-related amendments. November 16, 2020

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