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Paid Sick Leave Legislation Makes its way through the House

An amendment supporting paid sick leave for American workers is currently making its way through the U.S. House of Representatives.

The amendment, sponsored by Senator Patty Murray, (D-Wash.), would guarantee seven days of sick leave per year for all workers. Other versions would allow workers to use built-up hours from overtime worked to cover sick days as an alternative to receiving overtime pay. Although 15 Republicans voted in favor of the amendment, they are not all expected to vote for the measure when it comes to decision time.

However, the amendment would not make paid sick leave the law just yet. It would simply set guidelines for legislators as they draft spending bills. If a sick leave bill did make it into law, it would be the first time Congress passed legislation to help working families since the Family Medical Leave Act, which ensures workers of qualifying companies up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in one calendar year to care for themselves or a family member.

Currently, just three states and 18 cities across the nation have laws requiring paid sick leave for employees. Although West Virginia currently has no laws requiring paid sick leave on the books, a group of Democrats introduced legislation in February 2015 that, if passed, would make it the fourth state to require it. The proposal would allow employees to accrue one hour of sick time for every 40 hours worked.

If you have been the target of workplace harassment, discrimination or unfair termination, Bouchillon, Crossan & Colburn, L.C. represents clients in federal court and before the EEOC, MSPB and in state and union grievance hearings.

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