Government-Mandated Sick Leave in Allegheny County Is Still a Bad Idea

Summary of Study

An ordinance passed by Allegheny County Council on March 9 would have imposed a paid sick leave mandate on businesses in Allegheny County with 26 or more employees. The ordinance was vetoed by the county executive on procedural grounds and the veto has been sustained.

The executive has indicated he is not opposed to the policy and has directed the county board and department of health to “promulgate sick leave regulations” in his veto message.

Given the recent data on employment, this is the worst possible time to cause businesses, especially leisure and hospitality businesses, to put off hiring because of added costs and tedious paperwork and record-keeping. A healthy small business community is undoubtedly important. Why endanger that dynamic or make it more difficult with heavy-handed government?

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Allegheny Institute for Public Policy


  • The ordinance stated that employees of businesses that have 26 or more employees would accrue no more than 40 hours of paid sick time in a calendar year. 
  • The accrual rate was one hour of paid sick leave for every 35 hours worked. 
  • Independent contractors, state and federal employees, any member of a construction union with a collective bargaining agreement, or seasonal employees were exempt.

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