Legislation introduced in Congress on May 19 would require employers with 15 or more workers to provide at least seven days of paid sick leave per employee per year. The so-called “Healthy Families Act” would guarantee workers at least one paid hour off for every 30 hours worked. Employees could use the paid time off to deal with their own illness, or that of a child, spouse, parent or loved one.
A similar bill stalled during the Bush administration, but has a better chance now. Business groups are opposed.
Two jurisdictions—San Francisco and the District of Columbia—already mandate paid sick leave. More than a dozen states are debating similar measures this spring.