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Capitol Health Call
April 14, 2015

Law Would Require Paid Sick Leave for Workers

JAMA. 2015;313(14):1409. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.3010

The Healthy Families Act, reintroduced February 12 by Sen Patty Murray (D, Wash) and Rep Rosa DeLauro (D, Conn), would allow workers to earn paid sick leave to take when they are sick or need to care for a sick family member; to obtain preventive care; or to deal with domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault (http://1.usa.gov/18AGxhr).

Today, 43 million US workers in the private sector do not get paid sick days, according to a statement from the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, of which Murray is the ranking member. Only Connecticut, California, and Massachusetts, along with nearly 20 cities, have paid sick day laws, DeLauro noted in the statement.

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