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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

Representing the 3rd District of Connecticut

DeLauro Condemns Republican Attacks on Workers’ Earned Paid Sick Days

July 24, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (July 24, 2018) Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Ranking Member on the Appropriations subcommittee responsible for funding the Department of Labor and author of the Healthy Families Act, today released the following statement in opposition to the Workflex in the 21st Century Act, which is the focus of a hearing today in the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions. The Republican bill would exempt companies from state and local paid leave requirements under certain circumstances.

“The Workflex in the 21st Century Act is an attack on paid sick day laws currently in place in 10 states and 33 localities, including Connecticut. These laws guarantee workers can earn paid sick time to recover from illnesses and seek preventive care without being disciplined or losing a paycheck. It is mind-boggling that Republicans would want to undermine these laws, especially in light of new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing that more than more than 34 million workers still are not able to earn any paid sick days. By taking power away from workers and gives it to corporations, this bill shows that Republicans will stop at nothing to deny people paid sick days.”

“It is long past time Congress follows Connecticut’s lead and guarantee paid sick leave for all workers through my bill, the Healthy Families Act. Every worker—regardless of their zip code—should be able to care for themselves and their families when they are sick without having to worry about losing a paycheck or not being able to pay their bills. Instead of trying to deny people paid sick days, Republicans should bring up the Healthy Families Act and help provide all workers with access to paid sick days. This is the right thing to do for employees, employers, and our economy.”

The Healthy Families Act would allow workers to earn paid sick leave to use when they are sick, to care for a loved one, to obtain preventative care, or to address the impacts of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault. The Healthy Families Act would allow workers at businesses with at least 15 employees to earn up to 56 hours, or seven days, of paid sick leave each year. Businesses that already provide paid sick leave would not have to change their current policies, as long as they meet the minimum standards of the Healthy Families Act.

More information on the Healthy Families Act is available here.