From PathWays PA (http://www.pathwayspa.org):
Nearly 80% of low-wage workers-and nearly 40% of private sector workers–don’t have access to a single paid sick day. What are they supposed to do when they land in the ER and are faced with losing a day’s pay, or possibly even their jobs, because they’re hurt or sick and can’t go to work?
Talk about painful! You can help by adding your name to MomsRising’s petition calling on Congress to pass the Healthy Families Act at http://action.momsrising.org/sign/healthyfamilies/?akid=3257.1594885.M1jG7Q&rd=1&t=4.
The Healthy Families Act (H.R. 1876, http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr1876; S. 984, http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/s984) would set an important national standard for paid sick days. Its passage would be a critical step toward meeting the health and financial needs of working families.
The Healthy Families Act would:
- Allow workers in businesses with 15 or more employees to earn up to seven job protected paid sick days each year to be used to recover from their own illness, access preventive care, or provide care for a sick family member.
- Allow workers who are victims of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault to use their paid sick days to recover or seek assistance related to an incident.
- Include a simple method for calculating accrued sick time. Workers would earn a minimum of one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to 56 hours (seven days) per year, unless the employer selects a higher limit.
- Allow employers to require certification if an employee uses more than three paid sick days in a row. For victims of domestic violence, the certification may be from a law enforcement officer or victim advocate.
- Allow employers to continue using their existing policies, as long as they meet the minimums set forth in the Healthy Families Act (for time, types of use, and method of use).
So forget flowers. For Mother’s Day, help moms across America get paid sick days by urging Congress to support the Healthy Families Act.