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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: State and Local Paid Sick Time Laws FAQs

In the midst of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, the CDC has recommended that everyone take steps to protect themselves and their communities, including avoiding close contact with others. If you have to take time off work sick or your work is closed, what are your legal rights? If your child’s school is closed, can you stay home with your children? 

Find out more about your earned paid sick time or earned paid sick leave rights in your state, county, or city below.

Please note that you may also have an additional right to emergency paid leave for COVID-19 purposes under federal law, as described in more detail here. 

State Laws:




District of Columbia




New Jersey


Rhode Island

Washington State 


If you live in New York State, visit here for information about potential sources of paid sick leave.

Local Laws:

Berkeley, California

Emeryville, California

Los Angeles, California

Oakland, California

San Diego, California

San Francisco, California

Santa Monica, California

Cook County and Chicago, Illinois

Montgomery County, Maryland

Duluth, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

St. Paul, Minnesota

New York City, New York

Westchester County, New York 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Seattle, Washington

Tacoma, Washington

To learn more and compare the statewide and local paid sick time laws above, please see A Better Balance’s interactive and customizable comparison chart.

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