Who is covered for paid sick leave?

Published: 06 April, 2020 | Last updated: 21 May, 2020 8:49 pm | Español

From The Philadelphia Inquirer
By Juliana Feliciano Reyes and Cynthia Fernandez

If you work for an employer with more than nine employees, you’re entitled to paid sick days. If you work for an employer with fewer than 10 employees, you’re entitled to unpaid sick days. Chains with more than 14 locations worldwide also must provide paid sick leave, no matter how many employees work at one location.

But you have to be an employee — not an independent contractor — to be covered by the city’s law. If you’re not sure what you are, check your tax documents or ask your employer. Employees get W2s, and independent contractors get 1099s.

Other workers who aren’t covered under the Philadelphia law include unionized employees and state and federal employees (these groups likely have a paid sick leave policy written into their collective bargaining agreements) and seasonal workers.

Your immigration status does not affect your ability to get paid sick leave.

You have to work at least 40 hours a year for that employer in order to accrue sick days. Under the Philly law, you can accrue up to five (paid or unpaid) sick days. And you have to have worked 90 days before you can use them.

Read the full article: Paid sick days in the time of coronavirus: Here’s what Philadelphia workers need to know

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