Several measures have been introduced on both the state and federal level to provide paid sick days and paid family and medical leave for workers.
All private sector workers in Jersey City can earn one hour of job protected sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 40 hours (5 days) of sick time per year. Workers in establishments with 10 or more employees (this includes franchises), will receive job protected as well as paid sick time.
Check out Jersey City's Official Page for more details on the bill.
The FAMILY Act, introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in the Senate and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) in the House of Representatives, would create a paid family leave fund like California’s at the federal level. The bill would provide workers up to 12 weeks of paid leave for their own serious illness; to care for a child, parent or spouse with a serious illness; or to bond with a new child. Workers and employers would each contribute a very small portion of their wages into this insurance program; the self-sustaining fund would mean workers could receive up to 66 percent of their wages while on leave.
The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by 2015, in three steps of 95 cents each, Adjust the minimum wage each year to keep pace with the rising cost of living starting in 2016 – a key policy reform known as “indexing,” which ten states are already using to prevent the minimum wage from falling in value each year. It would raise the minimum wage for tipped workers – which has been frozen at a meager $2.13 per hour for more than twenty years – to 70% of the minimum wage. Additionally it would adjust the minimum wage each year to keep pace with the rising cost of living starting in 2016.
Federal Healthy Families Act would guarantee workers up to seven paid sick days a year to recover from their own illness or to care for a sick family member, and provides paid sick time for diagnostic and medical appointments