S.840: Healthy Families Act
The Healthy Families Act (S. 840) would guarantee employees in businesses with 15 or more employees can earn up to seven job-protected paid sick days each year to be used to recover from their own illnesses, access preventive care, provide care to a sick family member, or attend school meetings related to a child’s health condition or disability. The bill includes a simple method for calculating accrued sick time. Workers would earn a minimum of one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to 56 hours (seven days) per year, unless their employer selects a higher limit. The bill would also recognize “family” as broadly defined to reflect diverse family arrangements. Workers would be able to use their time when their child, parent, spouse, domestic partner, or other relative to whom the worker has a similarly close relationship is ill, injured, or getting medical care. Additionally, the bill would make it unlawful for any employer to interfere or constrain the exercise of an employee’s right to accrue sick leave.
H.R. 1784 is the House companion bill introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro.View Full Overview