WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following President Obama’s announcement guaranteeing paid sick leave for more than 300,000 federal contractors this week, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) outlined efforts to extend paid sick leave to all workers. Too many Americans—including four in 10 private-sector workers—do not have a single paid sick day that they can use to care for themselves or to care for a sick family member.
“Ohioans should not have to choose between a paycheck and their health, or the health of a child,” Brown said. “While President Obama’s announcement that federal contractors will be required to provide up to seven days in paid sick leave is an important step, it doesn’t go nearly far enough. Millions of private-sector workers – including 45 percent of the Ohio workforce – are still left unprotected. That’s why this is the time to pass the Healthy Families Act.”
During a news conference call today, Brown discussed the Healthy Families Act, legislation which would allow workers to earn paid sick time while protecting business owners. He was joined by Nick Pasquarello, who works at a restaurant in Columbus and does not have access to paid sick leave.
"It is imperative that paid sick days are the rule and not the exception, workers should not have to choose between their health and having food on the table,” Pasquarello, a member of the Central Ohio Worker Center, said.
The Healthy Families Act would: