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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: March 7, 2019 10:19 AM
From: Representative Maria P. Donatucci
To: All House members
Subject: Healthy Employee and Healthy Workplace Act – Paid Sick Leave
None of us should have to choose between our health, or our family’s health, and our job. Unfortunately, many of our family, friends, and neighbors without access to paid sick leave face that call every day. The majority of Pennsylvanians are either ineligible for sick leave or cannot afford to take unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

The Healthy Employee and Healthy Workplace Act will help Pennsylvania’s families by requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees. Workers would be able to use paid sick leave to seek treatment for an illness or a family member’s illness, in addition to treatment related to domestic violence or sexual assault.

Paid sick leave is not only a humane policy but also an effective public health measure. Sick workers spread illnesses to coworkers and customers, sapping the productivity of Pennsylvania’s businesses. Please join me in protecting the health and wellbeing of Pennsylvania’s workers.

Introduced as HB998