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.
This bill will allow all private sector workers in Jersey City to earn one hour of 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, paid sick time. Workers in establishment with fewer than 10 employees will receive job-protected, unpaid sick time.
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