Paid sick leave laws continue to pose a significant compliance challenge to U.S. employers and their human resources organizations. Since there are no federal legal requirements for paid sick leave, the impact to employers and their employees varies by state, making it increasingly more complex to consistently and uniformly apply regulations and align them with an organization’s HR policies.
While the legislative framework for sick leave laws tends to be similar, each state law can differ in how it requires employers to apply it to their workforce. The framework generally defines eligible employees, an accrual formula, reasons for leave, carry-over requirements, employee and employer notice, and documentation requirements. But employers with locations in multiple states and cities may face unique challenges when it comes to the practical application of sick leave requirements.
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