Under the Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces Ordinance, employees employed within the geographic boundaries of the city of Philadelphia for at least 40 hours in a year, are entitled to a minimum level of paid sick days. Independent contractors, seasonal workers, adjunct professors, employees hired for a term of less than six months, interns, pool employees, State and Federal employees, and employees covered by a bona fide collective bargaining agreement are excluded in the Ordinance. Employers with 10 or more employees must provide eligible employees up to 40 hours of paid sick time in a calendar year. Employers with less than 10 employees must provide unpaid sick time. An employee may use the time off to attend their own health care and the health care of family members, and for reasons related to domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking.
The poster covers:
- the right to sick time,
- the amount of sick time,
- the terms of its use under the Ordinance, and
- the right to file a complaint or bring an action if sick time is denied or retaliated against for requesting sick time.
Every covered employer must provide employees and new hires with a notice of their sick time rights. The information must also be included in any employee handbooks that are distributed to employees. Employers may comply with the notification requirement by providing the notice to each employee or by displaying a poster in a conspicuous and accessible place in each establishment. The notice must be in English and in any language that is the first language spoken by at least 5% of the employer’s workforce.
Failure to post the Paid Sick Time Poster may result in a $100 fine.