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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: February 3, 2015 12:50 PM
From: Representative Maria P. Donatucci
To: All House members
Subject: Reintroduction of Legislation – Paid Sick Leave (Former HB 1454)
I will soon be reintroducing legislation to allow public and private sector workers to accrue paid sick leave based on hours worked.

As you may know, many workers, and especially low-wage earners, are not entitled to any paid leave time to care for their own health needs or for the health needs of their family members. Employees are often forced to choose between staying home and losing a day’s wages or going to work and risking the spread of illness to others.

My legislation would ensure that all workers have an opportunity to earn a minimum amount of paid sick leave. Specifically, it would allow most public and private workers to accrue paid sick leave at a rate of one hour of leave time for every 40 hours worked, up to a maximum of 52 hours per calendar year. Small employers with less than 10 employees would provide employees with one hour of leave time per 80 hours worked, up to a maximum of 26 hours per year. Employees would then be permitted to use this leave time to care for themselves during an illness, injury or medical treatment or to look after the medical needs of a spouse, child, parent, or another close relative.

I believe this measure will support a healthier and more productive workforce in the Commonwealth, and I hope you will join me as a co-sponsor.

Previous co-sponsors: Bishop, V. Brown, Brownlee, Caltagirone, Cohen, Fabrizio, Farina, Flynn, Frankel, Gainey, Gibbons, Haggerty, Molchaney, O'Brien, Parker, Thomas

Introduced as HB624