Business & self-employment

Paid sick leave

Businesses in Philadelphia are required to provide sick leave for their employees.

Employers with 10 or more employees are required to provide paid sick leave. Employers with nine or fewer employees are also required to provide sick leave, but it can be unpaid.

Employees are eligible to earn one hour of sick time for every 40 hours they work, with a maximum of 40 sick time hours earned in a calendar year.

If an employer refuses to provide earned sick time or retaliates against employees for utilizing sick time, the employee can make a formal complaint to the City of Philadelphia’s Sick Leave Agency.

For more information on sick leave in Philadelphia, see:


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