A judge issued a 60-day stay last month on Pittsburgh’s paid sick leave requirement for companies with more than 15 employees, while he reviews a lawsuit opposing the mandate. The Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association and several of its members, with the support of PFMA, filed the suit citing Pittsburgh’s home rule charter which prevents the city from determining “duties, responsibilities or requirements placed upon businesses, occupations and employers.”
This stay can be extended if the suit is not settled by that time. The earliest the paid leave mandate can take effect in Pittsburgh would be March 10, 2016.
The crux of the lawsuit is that the home-rule charter does not give the city the authority to enact a local mandate of this nature. Several legal experts indicated this was a viable challenge before the measure was enacted. This lawsuit will likely be heard and decided in early 2016. PFMA will inform members on its progress going forward.