Philadelphia City Council voted to expand paid sick leave to include workers in the city not covered by federal sick leave legislation. The workers who will benefit from the bill include gig workers who are considered independent contractors and generally do not have access to the kinds of protections to which employees are legally entitled.

The bill requires employers to provide two weeks of paid sick leave to workers until the end of the year. Prior to the passage of the bill, Philadelphia’s paid sick leave law did not cover independent contractors or employees of companies with fewer than ten workers. It only required employers to let workers accrue five days of paid sick leave.

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