Paid sick leave is a huge topic in 2015 as employees look for more paid sick time. On a national level, the Healthy Families Act was reintroduced in Congress in February, 2015 and would apply to employers that have 15 or more employees. At the state and local level, many states and cities have already taken on the issue of paid sick leave.
With San Francisco leading the pack in 2006 with their guaranteed access to earned sick days. Shortly after, Connecticut and Washington, D.C. More recently, California and Massachusetts also guarantee access to paid sick days.
Why should paid sick leave be accrued depending on the hours you work? While some of us are in salary positions, with paid time off being incorporated in offer letters, employees that work hourly positions do not have this added benefit. With the proposed national program, employees would earn 1 hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to 7 days (56 hours).
What will happen in the coming months and years regarding paid sick leave still remains to be seen, but as working Americans, we should be paying attention!
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