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The Healthy Families Act

No one should face the impossible choice of caring for their health or keeping their paycheck or job. But more than 43 million private sector workers – 39 percent of the workforce – must make this decision every time illness strikes because they don’t have access to earned paid sick days. An additional 4.2 million don’t have this basic right because they haven’t been on the job long enough to be eligible. And millions more lack paid sick time to care for a sick child. At a time when families’ finances are stretched thin, working families need the job and economic security paid sick days provide.

A Basic Workplace Standard

  • The Healthy Families Act would set a national paid sick days standard – a critical step toward meeting the health and financial needs of America’s working families. Click here for a fact sheet on the Healthy Families Act.
  • The Healthy Families Act would:
    • Allow workers in businesses with 15 or more employees to earn up to seven job-protected paid sick days each year to be used to recover from their own illnesses, access preventive care or provide care to a sick family member.
    • Include 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 the employer selects a higher limit.
    • Allow employers to require certification if an employee uses more than three paid sick days in a row. For victims of domestic violence, the certification may be from a law enforcement officer or victim advocate.
    • Allow employers to use their existing policies, as long as they meet the minimums set forth in the Healthy Families Act for time, types of use and method of use.

*Adapted from the National Partnership for Women and Families

Click here for more information on the national campaign for paid sick days.