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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: February 19, 2021 11:07 AM
From: Representative Joseph C. Hohenstein
To: All House members
Subject: Co-sponsorship request: 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, the benefits provided by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act are set to expire on December 31, 2020.  With that date quickly approaching, many Pennsylvanians need sick leave now more than ever.

My proposed legislation will guarantee that all employees will receive emergency paid sick leave during a public health emergency. 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.
We can do more to help our residents recover physically and financially from this pandemic. Please consider co-sponsoring this critical legislation for our friends, neighbors, and colleagues in Pennsylvania.

Introduced as HB657