APA Supports Paid Sick Days Legislation
Legislation seeks to create a national standard
APA signed on with other national organizations to support the Healthy Families Act (S. 631/H.R. 1286), introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn. The legislation seeks to create a national standard for paid sick days so that workers would be able to take a day off to care for themselves or a family member when they are ill, rather than either working while sick or taking days off and losing pay. This legislation would allow workers in businesses with 15 employees or more to accrue one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, allowing for seven days of paid sick leave per year. This legislation would allow paid sick days to be used to seek assistance for or recover from domestic violence as well.
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