Legislation

Healthy Families Act (2015)

S. 497 H.R. 932

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.

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Senate

Status Update

02/12/2015
Introduced in the Senate
02/12/2015
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

House

Status Update

02/12/2015
Introduced in the House
02/12/2015
Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committees on House Administration, and Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
02/12/2015
Referred to House Education and the Workforce Committee
02/12/2015
Referred to Committee on House Administration
02/12/2015
Referred to House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
04/29/2015
Referred to the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
04/29/2015
Referred to the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions