Changes in the Senate—Paid Sick Leave Law To Be Introduced?
Is that about to change? A new Senate paid sick leave law that mandates a nationwide requirement for paid days off is in the works.
In this article, we’ll show you:
- What the current legal state of affairs is
- What changes the new Senate bill on paid sick leave might bring
- How to call upon the law to call in sick effortlessly using DoNotPay
Right now, the only permanent federal-level law about sick leave is the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
The FMLA requires companies to provide employees with 12 weeks of sick leave within a 12-month period—the problem is that it’s unpaid. Another issue is that the act affects only companies with 50 or more employees within 75 miles of the workplace and has a list of acceptable reasons for requesting leave.
If you’re looking for sick day rules that demand payments, you can turn to:
- The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA)
- State-specific laws
- Company policies (if your employer offers paid leave as a benefit)
When Coronavirus started affecting businesses, the EPSLA was introduced by the Senate as an emergency paid sick leave law.
It’s a temporary act that’s in force during the COVID-19 pandemic. The act provides employees with ten days of paid leave for Coronavirus-related reasons, and all companies are subject to it.
If you don’t have COVID-19, and your company doesn’t offer paid leave on its own, the only way to get paid days off is if you live in a state with such a law. Only 15 states and D.C. have—or plan to introduce—paid sick leave rules.
Some states, like Texas, don’t have a state-wide law but have counties and cities with local acts. In the following table, you can find guides to individual state laws:
|New Jersey||District of Columbia||Ohio||Georgia|
What happens if you’re not in one of the states with a law about paid sick leave, and your employer doesn't provide it on their own? You’ll have no means of getting paid days off and will have to choose between a lighter paycheck and being sick at work.
That will change if a newly proposed law comes into play. The Healthy Families Act (HFA)—if it becomes law—will be a federal-level act with the following rules:
- Companies with 15 or more employees have to offer paid sick leave
- Employees receive up to 56 hours of leave per year
- Employees accrue one hour off for every 30 worked
- Sick leave applies for personal health issues or providing care to a family member
Until the HFA is enacted, you can turn to already-existing laws. To get paid days off, you’ll need to request them formally via phone or email. Writing a request can be a struggle, especially if you don’t know what law applies to your case. Don’t worry—DoNotPay’s got your back!
We’ll consult the law and draft a professional leave request letter based on the information you provide. All you need to do is sign up for DoNotPay and:
- Locate the Request Sick Leave feature
- Insert the state where the company is located
- Provide some details about the company
- Enter the dates on which you’ll be absent from work
- Choose to download the letter or have DoNotPay send it to your employer
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