Mayor Peduto proposes COVID-19 sick leave
December 1, 2020
Such sick leave is currently offered under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, but is set to expire December 31. The Senate has not extended the Act or agreed to other economic stimulus measures.
"Due to failed federal action, workers should not have to choose between their family's health during a worldwide pandemic and their ability to pay their bills. In Pittsburgh we're used to stepping up when Washington fails, and will do so again to protect our people from COVID-19," Mayor Peduto said.
Under the City's legislation, COVID-19 paid sick leave would be handled separately from its existing Paid Sick Days requirements, which began taking effect this year. Under the new measure employees of businesses with 50 or more workers could receive up to 112 hours of paid sick leave due to impacts from COVID-19.
The pandemic sick leave would stay in place until the City's COVID-19 Declaration of Emergency, which was issued in March, is lifted.