Judge Halts Milwaukee’s Paid Sick-Day Ordinance

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February 11, 2009

On February 6, just four days before Milwaukee’s sick-pay ordinance was scheduled to go into effect, a Milwaukee County circuit court judge granted a temporary injunction sought by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. This means the ordinance is stayed pending a hearing on a permanent injunction now scheduled for May 11, 2009.
Under the ordinance, any employers with employees in the city of Milwaukee (regardless of whether the employer itself is in the city) must offer paid sick leave to all employees. Workers would earn one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 40 hours for small employers (10 employees or less) and up to 72 hours for large employers.
What does this mean to you? If you have employees in Milwaukee, stay tuned. We will keep you posted on the outcome of the May hearing. Until then, you need not worry about the ordinance.
If you have questions regarding the above, please contact Sara Ackermann, the author of this article, or any of the attorneys in the Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations Practice Group of Ruder Ware.

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