Kaptur cosponsors bill to guarantee paid sick leave for workers

March 17, 2017
Press Release
Healthy Families Act guarantees working people have access to paid sick leave

Washington D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) cosponsored the Healthy Families Act, which would allow workers to earn paid sick leave, as opposed to taking vacation time or unpaid leave. Paid sick leave is critical for when employees get sick or need to care for a loved one. 41 million workers in the private sector do not have access to paid sick days.

“The fact that millions of working and middle-class people don’t have access to paid sick leave is immoral,” said Kaptur. “On the campaign trail, President Trump pledged to stand with working people in Ohio and across the nation. Well, Mr. President, this is a good place to start. Americans, no matter their job or state or city, deserve this foundational benefit that allows peace of mind for when they or a loved one falls ill.”

The lead sponsors of the bicameral bill are Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03). The bill has the support of 130 Members of Congress.

The Healthy Families Act would allow workers at businesses with at least 15 employees to earn seven days or the equivalent 56 hours of paid sick leave per year. Employers that currently provide paid sick leave would not have to change their current policies as long as the minimum of seven days is provided.

For more on the Healthy Families Act and its introduction click here.