Over 57 million workers nationwide have no access to earned sick time. Under the Healthy Families Act, workers would be guaranteed the opportunity to earn up to seven paid sick days per year to recover from their own illness or care for a sick family member. It would also give victims of domestic violence the opportunity to use that time as "safe days" in which they can receive medical or psychological attention, look for housing, or otherwise address their needs.
In Pennsylvania in addition to Senators Specter and Casey, the following Representatives have cosponsored the bill:
- Representative Robert Brady
- Representative Michael Doyle
- Representative Chaka Fattah
- Representative Allyson Schwartz
- Representative Joe Sestak
For more information on the Healthy Families Act and other information on paid sick days in Pennsylvania, please read our earlier blog posts.