A Pennsylvania House of Representatives committee has begun considering legislation that would require all employers to provide some paid sick leave for employees.
The Healthy Family, Healthy Workplaces Act would require employers with 10 or more employees to provide at least one hour of sick leave for every 40 hours worked, up to a maximum of 52 hours per year. Smaller employers would be required to provide one hour of leave per 80 hours worked, up to 26 hours per year.
Although more than 80% of Pennsylvania workers already have some paid sick leave, only 30% of low-wage, blue-collar workers do.
The bill would also allow employees to use leave to deal with the aftermath of domestic abuse, including time off for medical treatment, relocation, counseling and legal action related to domestic or sexual abuse.
A floor vote isn’t expected until next year.