Philly paid sick leave goes into effect

Philadelphia's paid-sick-leave law takes effect Wednesday, and city officials are encouraging workers to make sure their employers know about the new rules.

Passed in February, the law requires employers with 10 or more workers to offer paid sick time.

Employees who were not previously given sick leave can start accruing it at a rate of one hour of paid time per 40 hours worked. The law caps sick time at 40 hours a year, or five eight-hour days.

Councilman William K. Greenlee, who pushed for the bill for more than three years, said the new law applies to 180,000 to 200,000 city residents.

Weeks after Nutter signed it into law, the state Senate passed legislation to quash it. That bill - which would make municipal paid-sick-leave laws illegal - is awaiting a final vote in the House.

Greenlee said he hopes that if the bill passes in the House, as expected, Gov. Wolf will veto it.

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