Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association et al. v. City of Pittsburgh et al

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Case Details

  • Case Status: Decided
  • Docket Number: Case Nos. 238 WAL 2017 and 239 WAL 2017
  • Category: Regulatory Overreach

We were tracking the legal challenge to the paid leave mandate in Pittsburgh. We are funding the litigation, but we are not a party to the litigation. The PA Commonwealth Court heard oral arguments on November 16, 2016. The appeal was filed by the City of Pittsburgh and SEIU because the PA Court of Common Pleas ruled in PRLA’s favor by stating that Pittsburgh does not have the ability to pass an affirmative mandate on private businesses. On May 17, 2017, the Commonwealth Court (the appeals court) upheld the lower court’s decision finding that the city of Pittsburgh lacked authority under state law to enact a new ordinance requiring employers to provide workers with paid sick leave. The City appealed to the PA Supreme Court.


The City threatened to appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court when the decision came down against them, but, as far as we can tell, failed to take the necessary steps to do so. Case closed.