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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: State and Local Paid Sick Time Laws

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, what are your legal rights? If your child’s school is closed or your work 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.

State Laws:





New Jersey


Rhode Island

Washington State 


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

New York City, New York

Westchester County, New York 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Seattle, Washington

Tacoma, Washington

(Note: This page is being updated. There are 11 statewide paid sick time laws total and dozens of additional local laws. For the full list of paid sick time laws, visit here.) 

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