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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: March 17, 2020 04:06 PM
From: Representative Joseph C. Hohenstein
To: All House members
Subject: Co-Sponsorship-Rep. Joseph Hohenstein-Emergency Sick Leave for Pennsylvania Workers

As protective measures are implemented statewide to protect our constituents from COVID-19, we must also act to protect them from economic fallout as a result of this crisis. Currently, our federal government has proposed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address the crisis. However, this legislation does not go all the way to ensure all financial needs of Pennsylvanians will be taken care of.

My proposed legislation will fill in those gaps by guaranteeing that all employees will receive emergency paid sick leave if they are not already covered by the proposed federal bill. My bill will also cover an additional four days to cover the entire two-week quarantine period, which the federal bill does not.

Workers that had to use leave time to care for children due to school closures will also be ensured 100% of their pay. Family medical leave benefits will be extended to all employees as well. Finally, my bill will require employers to reinstate workers returning from leave.

Protecting the health and wellness of not just Pennsylvanians but all Americans is of utmost importance to ensure a healthy population. Financial support often goes hand in hand with this to make sure workers are not bankrupted for protecting their health due to self-quarantine. Please consider co-sponsoring this critical legislation for our friends, neighbors, and colleagues in Pennsylvania.

Introduced as HB2391