On Monday, Rep. DeLauro introduced the Healthy Families Act, a bill to allow workers to earn paid sick leave. The legislation would allow employees to take time off in order to care for themselves or a family member.
“Everyone should be able to take care of themselves and their families when they are sick without having to worry about losing their jobs,” said DeLauro in a statement. Currently, federal law allows workers to take unpaid leave for family or medical reasons–offering job security but not wages, meaning that some low-income workers cannot afford to take the time off.
“Ending the current system will ensure people no longer have to choose between their health—or their families—and their paycheck,” said DeLauro.
The proposal would allow workers to earn up to 56 hours or seven days of paid sick leave a year.
In 2011, Connecticut passed the nation’s first paid sick leave law, which allows service workers to earn up to 40 hours of paid sick time a year.