Sick Pay Update

Winston & Strawn came out with an update on this ordinance – it’s a recap of the OLSE’s clarification of some of the more nebulous areas of the law (but leaving others stuck in the muck…like the whole doctors note issue). It is well worth a read – this is great free information and very readable.  Or, you can peruse the OLSE’s page on Sick Pay  – which has FAQs and the poster every restaurant has to post (in all languages of the rainbow).

Unfortunately, W&S hasn’t posted it on their website (yet) but here’s where you sign up for the free briefings (click on “labor and employment”) and here’s the briefing on the original ordinance (which everyone is probably all too familiar with by now). Among other things, the Update covers:

  • Temporary workers undocumented employees (both covered)
  • Independent contractors (not covered)
  • Whether you earn sick time when you are out sick (um, no…think of it like frequent flyer miles)
  • Accrual rates for non exempt workers (ie: your salaried managers)
  • PTO / Vacation banks v. sick time (feel free to email me if you have Qs here)
  • The accrual cap and a warning here on oversimplification
  • Notification / Documentation (they punt here)
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