The country’s debate on federal laws surrounding paid sick and family leave has continued in Washington, D.C., and throughout the United States.
Many states are enforcing their own policies, while the federal government continues its in-house fighting.
The City of Chicago was one of the first municipalities in America to implement its own family leave policy, which was put into action during Summer 2016. The City Council unanimously passed an ordinance mandating paid sick leave for employees of the city. Cook County soon followed suit.
“Although these laws are similar, the one in Cook County only applies to private employers,” according to a Cook County release. “ It does not impact county municipalities with earned sick leave policies in place, as long as the policies are as generous or more generous than the Cook County ordinance and outline punishments that can be taken against employers that do not comply.”
Many regions soon followed the leadership of Chicago. Arizona passed Prop 206, which mandated paid sick time for employees. Washington, D.C., also required employment leave, enforcing a $250 penalty fee if companies violated the ordinance.
Companies like iSolved HCM are working with employers to create workforce technology to control payroll, HR, time and attendance.
More cities throughout the country are expected to soon follow and enact family leave systems.