Pa. bill would ensure workers get paid sick leave

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Pennsylvania lawmaker has introduced legislation that would allow workers across the state to accrue paid sick leave.

Rep. Maria Donatucci (D-Philadelphia/Delaware) said under her proposal, House Bill 624, employees would accumulate paid sick leave to care for themselves or family members 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 each calendar year.

Small employers with less 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.

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.

Donatucci said a recent study from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed about 66 percent of workers in the bottom quarter of wage earners do not have paid sick leave.

She said her measure would ensure Pennsylvania families get the time and resources they need to stay healthy, and would prevent workers from bringing illnesses into the workplace.

The bill is awaiting consideration in the House Labor and Industry Committee.

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