• Protect public health by allowing workers to act responsibly and stay home when sick, or a sick child or family member needs their care – without losing income.
  • Promote economic prosperity by increasing economic stability for workers and their families, encouraging a more productive and stable workforce, and supporting business growth.

Policy Basics

Uses of leave:

  • For the employee’s illness or injury, diagnosis, treatment, and preventative care, or the health needs of a family member;
  • To cope with the consequences of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking;
  • If a place of business, or a child’s school or place of care, is closed for a public health emergency.

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Earning leave:

  • Workers earn 1 hour of paid leave for every 30 hours they work.
  • Workers may use up to 56 hours (7 days) of earned leave per year, and carry forward up to 56 hours of unused leave to the next year.
  • Workers are protected from retaliation or discipline for appropriate uses of leave.

Employer flexibility:

  • Employers who already meet or exceed the minimum standards won’t have to change.
  • Employers may provide more generous policies, provide leave through a PTO or similar pooled leave policy, allow shift-swapping, and establish alternative systems that meet the minimum standards, such as “frontloading” leave.
  • Employers may establish reasonable notice procedures, so long as workers are able to use leave for sudden illnesses and medical emergencies.

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