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Expiration of Philadelphia Public Health Emergency Leave Law

On June 15, 2021, Governor Tom Wolf’s administration certified the results of the May 2021 municipal primary election, and thereby formalized the approval of an amendment to the Constitution of Pennsylvania giving lawmakers the broad new power to extend or end disaster emergency declarations. Because the Philadelphia Public Health Emergency Leave law was set to “expire upon the expiration of the Proclamation of Disaster Emergency of the Governor of Pennsylvania related to the COVID-19 pandemic,” and the legislature voted on June 10, 2021, to end the disaster emergency declaration, it is now safe to say that the Philadelphia Public Health Emergency Leave law is no longer in effect. Employers may want to keep in mind that the Philadelphia paid sick leave law (named the Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces Ordinance), as well as the amendment to the ordinance providing compensation for healthcare workers if they contract a communicable disease during a pandemic or epidemic, do not have sunset provisions, so they remain in effect.

© 2021, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 169
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Janice Dubler Employment Attorney Ogletree Deakins Law
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Janice Dubler is a shareholder in the Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, New Jersey, offices of Ogletree Deakins. She concentrates her practice on employment litigation, developing employment policies and providing counsel to clients on litigation avoidance.

Janice appears before federal and state courts and administrative agencies in connection with a broad range of employment matters including discrimination and harassment claims based on gender, sexual orientation, race, age, national origin and disability, as well as retaliation and whistleblower allegations, breach of contract,...

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Brandon R. Sher Employment Litigation Attorney Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart Philadelphia, PA
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Brandon focuses his practice on employment litigation and counseling, including wage and hour issues, hiring, firing, employee discipline, discrimination and harassment claims based on gender, sexual orientation, race, age, national origin, and disability, as well as retaliation and whistleblower allegations, breach of contract, and non-compete agreements.  Brandon is also a member of Ogletree’s Class Action practice group with a particular emphasis on representing employers in collective actions alleging age discrimination.

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