Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Paid Sick Leave: Not Just for Milwaukee

From a newsletter:

Sen. Kennedy and Rep. DeLauro reintroduced legislation called the Healthy Families Act (H.R. 1542/S.910), which would require private and public employers with 15 or more employees (for each working day during each of 20 or more calendar workweeks in the current or preceding calendar year) to provide a minimum of seven paid sick days a year to full-time workers (i.e., working 30 hours per week) to care for the medical needs of themselves or sick family members. The amount of leave would be pro-rated for part-time employees (working less than 30 but at least 20 hours a week, or less than 1,500 but at least 1,000 hours per year). Specifically, the leave could be used to care for the employee's own illness or physical or mental condition, to obtain a medical diagnosis, a related treatment or preventive care and to care for a family member for those same reasons. A family member would be defined as a child, parent, spouse or any other individual related by blood or affinity whose close association with the employee is the equivalent of a family relationship. Employers would be required to (1) post notice of the availability of paid sick leave and how to file an enforcement action; (2) make, keep, and preserve records on compliance with the Act; and (3) keep health information confidential and separate from personnel files; and (4) not discriminate against, interfere with or deny the employee's right to paid sick leave.

Slightly less generous than the Milwaukee proposal.

In addition, a State-wide referendum on paid-sick-leave will be held in Ohio--terms are approximately similar to those of the Milwaukee initiative.

1 comment:

capper said...

Mandatory sick leave proposals have been around for years. It was even attempted at the federal level at least once.

My wife will be leaving her job because of this type of silliness. Her boss was just on TV bragging about the millions of dollars they're making this year, but won't allow her paid time to see a doctor. Cry me a freaking river.