Defining the Healthy Families Act

President Obama’s Healthy Families Act was first introduced back in 2013 and has since been gaining the attention of employers and employees alike. If passed, the Healthy Families Act would require employers with 15 or more employees to offer paid sick leave. If your company already offers paid sick leave this will likely not affect you, however, many employers in the U.S. do not expand that offer. Lets look a little further into this bill.

How Much Leave Will I Receive?

As I mentioned before, this bill only applies to those companies who employ 15 or more employees. The way this breaks down is each employee would earn a minimum of 1 hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked while working at least 20 or more workweeks a year. The Healthy Families Act will not require employers to provide more than 56 hours of paid sick time per calendar year, however, employers are able to provide additional time at their discretion.

What is ‘Covered’ Under This Act?

If passed, the Healthy Families Act will allow employees to use their sick leave to:

  • Care for themselves
  • Care for certain family members 
  • Receive medical attention, help a relative, take legal action, or engage in other specified activities involving domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking

Assuming this act passes there will be a large need for small businesses to begin tracking their employees paid time off more closely. 

What are your thoughts on the Healthy Families Act? Does your company already provide paid sick leave? If so, how much? Share your thoughts and comments below. 

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