Sick Leave Laws Across the U.S.

April 20, 2018

Most workers require time off each year to care for their own and their family members’ health and medical needs. Currently, federal law does not mandate paid sick leave for private U.S. employees.

Until recently, most private employees had to rely on policies voluntarily implemented by their employers to receive paid sick leave. To fill this gap in coverage, a handful of states and localities have laws in place requiring certain employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees. To date, ten states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and more than 30 local jurisdictions have passed paid sick leave laws.

For more information about the sick leave laws in each of these jurisdictions, click on the individual locations listed below:


This is generalized and indicative information rather than an exhaustive list of sick leave laws across the U.S. Certain laws that do not appear on this list may still be applicable. 

The information contained on this page has been abridged from laws, court decisions, news articles and administrative rulings. The preceding information should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice and is subject to change without notice. If you have questions concerning particular situations, specific payroll administration or labor relations issues, please contact your labor relations representative