On February 28, 2023, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor (PDOL) published regulations concerning three distinct types of job-protected paid leave employers must provide under the Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces Ordinance (PHFWO). This is the third iteration of what PDOL labels its “supplemental regulation” of the PHFWO.
Philadelphia Enacts COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave
On March 10, 2022, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed a new ordinance expanding COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) until 2023.
The following are answers that employers need to their questions regarding the latest edition of Philadelphia’s SPSL.
When does SPSL become effective?
SPSL became effective on March 9, 2022.
Philadelphia Mayor Signs Bill Providing for COVID-19–Related Paid Leave
On March 10, 2022, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed into law the third iteration of the Public Health Emergency Leave law, which will guarantee up to forty hours of paid sick leave (COVID-19 leave) for eligible Philadelphia employees. The COVID-19 leave shall be provided to employees immediately without any waiting
Philadelphia’s COVID-19 Paid Leave Ordinance for 2022 and 2023
On March 3, 2022, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s City Council adopted and sent to the mayor (who we expect to sign) Bill # 220051-A, an ordinance requiring covered employers to provide paid “COVID-19 Leave” starting immediately (when the law officially takes effect upon signature by the mayor) and through December 31,
COVID-19 Paid Leave Is Back in Philadelphia
The Philadelphia City Council recently passed a third iteration of the Public Health Emergency Leave law that will guarantee up to forty hours of paid sick leave for Philadelphia employees to recover from COVID-19 or avoid exposing others, to care for a family member with COVID-19 or who exhibits symptoms
City of Philadelphia Announces Food Establishment Vaccine Mandate
In response to rising COVID-19 case rates, on December 13, 2021, the Philadelphia Department of Health announced a vaccine mandate for patrons and staff of all establishments that sell food or drink for on-site consumption within Philadelphia city limits. The mandate will take effect on January 3, 2022.
Philadelphia Mandates COVID Vaccine for All City Workers
On November 19, 2021, the City of Philadelphia announced all City workers must “complete a full schedule of COVID-19 vaccination(s)” by January 14, 2022, or risk losing their jobs. This mandate comes following the City’s announcements requiring all Philadelphia healthcare workers, college students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated by October 15, 2021 and all non-union workers to be fully vaccinated by December 1, 2021.
Philadelphia Tweaks Exceptions to August 11, 2021 Indoor Mask Mandate
On August 13, 2021, the Philadelphia Department of Health published a regulation amending its August 11, 2021 order that requires individuals to wear a face mask (with certain exceptions) in indoor settings and at certain large outdoor events in Philadelphia, unless a
Philadelphia Businesses Must Require Masks or Proof of Vaccination From Employees and Customers Beginning August 12, 2021
Effective at midnight August 12, 2021, Philadelphia businesses must require masks or proof of vaccination from employees and customers. Businesses that require all staff and customers to be fully vaccinated are not subject to the masking rule. Large outdoor events with no seating must require masks when more than 1,000
Philadelphia Implements New Mask Mandate Two Months After Lifting Mask Restrictions for Businesses Not Mandating Vaccines
On August 11, 2021, Mayor Jim Kenney announced a new mask mandate for businesses and institutions that do not mandate vaccinations for employees, patrons, and guests within the City of Philadelphia.
Expiration of Philadelphia Public Health Emergency Leave Law
On June 15, 2021, Governor Tom Wolf’s administration certified the results of the May 2021 municipal primary election, and thereby formalized the approval of an amendment to the Constitution of Pennsylvania giving lawmakers the broad new power to extend or end disaster emergency declarations. Because the Philadelphia Public Health Emergency
Philadelphia Will Ban Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing in 2022
The city of Philadelphia, PA. has enacted a law prohibiting employers from testing for marijuana as a condition of employment, effective January 1, 2022.
The new Chapter 9-4700 of the Philadelphia Code states that except as otherwise provided by law, or as provided in the exceptions (listed below) that it
Philadelphia Bans Employers From Conducting Pre-hire Marijuana Testing
On April 22, 2021, the Philadelphia City Council passed a new ordinance prohibiting employers from conducting pre-hire marijuana testing, which Mayor Jim Kenney signed it into law on April 28, 2021. The new ordinance makes it an unlawful employment practice for employers, labor organizations, or employment agencies to require prospective
Philadelphia Passes Ordinance Banning Marijuana Tests for Many Prospective Employees
On April 22, 2021, the Philadelphia City Council passed a new ordinance prohibiting employers from conducting pre-hire marijuana testing, which Mayor Jim Kenney signed into law on April 28, 2021. The new ordinance will take effect on January 1, 2022 and make Philadelphia the third jurisdiction in the United
Philadelphia Expands Protections for Security, Janitorial, Maintenance, Food and Beverage, Hotel, and Health Care Employees Whose Jobs are Outsourced
The Philadelphia Protection of Displaced Contract Workers Ordinance offers job protections to workers providing security, janitorial, building maintenance, food and beverage, hotel service, or health care services who are employed by service contractors, and are displaced when the service contract is terminated and awarded to another service contractor.1 A