Finally after being introduced almost five years prior, the enforcement of the City of Pittsburgh’s Paid Sick Day Act went into effect on March 15, 2021. This meant that workers who work for businesses within Pittsburgh city-limits were now eligible to acquire paid sick time. As much of a victory as this was for many, there are still workers who call themselves Pittsburghers who live and work in Allegheny County and still do not have access to paid sick days.
At present, Allegheny County’s Board of Health proposed an Allegheny County Health Department regulation that would allow those who work for employers with 26 or more employees to accrue at least 40 hours of paid sick time in a calendar year based on the number of hours the employee works within Allegheny County. The paid sick time may be used for the care of the employee or the employee’s family members. The proposed regulation also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who use paid sick time.
We need your help encouraging the Board to drop the carve-out for businesses with 25 or fewer employees and to get this policy passed! Support #PaidSickDaysForALL by submitting a public comment HERE. Feel free to also add in why paid sick days are important to you and your loved ones!
WHEN IS THE PUBLIC HEARING?
The virtual public hearing for the proposed Allegheny County Health Department Regulation Article XXIV (“Paid Sick Days”) is scheduled for:
THURSDAY, JUNE 24 at 5:00 PM
Due to the continuing emergency related to COVID-19, public attendance at the upcoming Allegheny County Board of Health meeting will be limited to viewing the live-streamed event online.
WHEN AVAILABLE, WE WILL INCLUDE INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT HOW THE PUBLIC CAN STREAM THE VIRTUAL HEARING!
HOW DO I SIGN UP TO SPEAK AT THE HEARING?
IMPORTANT! THOSE INTERESTED IN SPEAKING AT THE HEARING MUST REGISTER NO LESS THAN 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE HEARING USING THIS FORM
Those registering to speak are then also requested to submit written copies of their testimony by email to PublicHealthComment@AlleghenyCounty.us. Testimony is limited to 3 minutes.
HOW CAN I SUBMIT A WRITTEN PUBLIC COMMENT?
The Board will also be accepting written comments, beginning Thursday, May 20, 2021 until Friday, June 25, 2021 at 11:59 PM.
Written comments can be submitted by email to PublicHealthComment@AlleghenyCounty.us or by mail to:
Attn: Article XXIV Comments (Paid Sick Leave)
Allegheny County Health Department
542 Fourth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219