Healthy Families Act

What you need to know:

The Healthy Families Act would allow workers to earn up to 56 hours or seven days a year of paid sick leave to recover from short-term illness, care for a sick family member, seek routine medical care, or seek assistance related to domestic violence. Workers would earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. Employers that already provide paid sick time will not have to change their current policies, as long as their existing time can be used for the same purposes. Employers can also require workers to provide documentation supporting any request for leave longer than three consecutive days. This important legislation will strengthen families, communities, and the economy. Guaranteed paid sick days provide a foundation of economic security for millions of working families that face real hardship if they lose a paycheck due to illness; protect the public health; and save precious health care resources.