A bill has been reintroduced in Pennsylvania that would allow workers to build up paid sick leave to care for themselves or a family member.
State Rep. Maria Donatucci (D-Philadelphia/Delaware) is behind the legislation known as “The Healthy Families, Healthy Workplaces Act.” Under the bill, public and private-sector workers would gain paid sick leave based on the number of hours worked. Most public and private workers would accrue one hour of paid sick leave time for every 40 hours worked, with a maximum of 52 hours accrued per calendar year. Small employers with fewer than 10 employees would allow workers to accrue one hour of leave time for every 80 hours worked, up to a maximum of 26 hours per year.
In addition, employees would be permitted to start using paid sick leave after 90 days on the job and could carry over up to 40 hours of leave to the next calendar year.
In Philadelphia, Mayor Michael Nutter (D) signed a paid leave ordinance into law last month which is set to take effect in May.