Healthy Families Act (2015)
The Feminist Majority SUPPORTS this Bill.
The Healthy Families Act would allow all workers in businesses with 15 or more employees to earn up to 7 paid sick days. Currently, 38 percent of women workers do not have access to paid sick days. The percentage is even higher for black and Latina women.
Paid sick days could be used to recover from a short-term illness, injury, or medical condition; to provide care to a sick family member; or access preventive care. Workers could also use paid sick days to attend school meetings related to a child’s special education needs.
The Healthy Families Act also allows workers who are survivors of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault to use paid sick days to seek assistance related to an incident of violence. Workers may also use paid sick days to assist family members who are survivors.
The Act also requires businesses with fewer than 15 employees to allow workers to earn, at a minimum, seven job-protected, unpaid sick days.
Chief Sponsor: Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) plus 20 original cosponsors
Chief Sponsor: Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) plus 71 original cosponsors