- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.