Ensuring that working people have access to paid sick days and paid family and medical leave is essential for restarting our states’ economies. Paid leave keeps us in the jobs we need and ensures we’re able to care for ourselves or our loved ones, and protect both our public and economic health if we need time away from work to recover or care for loved ones.
During this crisis, governors like you have played an important leadership role and we urge you to use that role to insist that Congress and the President include the PAID Leave Act in the next COVID-19 relief package.
The PAID Leave Act is a strong, history-making fix because it would ensure that working people have access to 14 days of paid sick time and 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave to use during the COVID-19 crisis AND any future public health emergency. It also provides seven paid sick days that working people can earn annually to use even when there isn’t a public health emergency. And, it also creates a permanent paid family and medical leave insurance system to welcome a new child, care for loved ones, and address serious personal medical issues.
Access to comprehensive and permanent paid sick days and paid family and medical leave will be crucial for reopening states safely: This virus hasn’t gone away, and won’t anytime soon, and people will need time to recover without worrying about losing their jobs.