Work & Family Policy Database
Sick and Safe Leave
Subject: Paid Sick Days, Job-Protected Leave, Domestic Violence and the Workplace
Bill: S.B. 5594/H.B. 1313
Sponsor: Harper (D)/Jinkins (D)
House bill introduced and referred to Committee on Labor & Workforce Development: 01/23/2013
Senate bill introduced and referred to Committee on Commerce & Labor: 02/05/2013
Hearing in the House Committee on Labor & Workforce Development: 02/05/2013
Passed House Committee on Labor & Workforce Development: 02/13/2013
House bill referred to Committee on Appropriations: 02/18/2013
Hearing in the Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor: 02/20/2013
Hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations: 02/26/2013
House bill referred to Rules Committee: 03/01/20133
Guarantees workers a minimum amount of paid sick and safe leave to be used to care for themselves or a family member who is ill, needs medical care or is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.
A worker in a business with between five and 49 employees shall accrue at least one hour of leave for every 40 hours worked, up to 40 hours per year. A worker in a business with between 50 and 249 employees shall accrue at least one hour of leave for every 40 hours worked, up to 56 hours per year. A worker in a business with 250 or more employees shall accrue at least one hour of leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 72 hours per year.
"Family member" is defined as a child, parent, spouse or civil union partner, grandparent, grandchild, sibling or any other individual related by blood or affinity.
An employer at an eating and/or drinking establishment may arrange shift trades for a worker who calls in sick and deduct paid sick time with the consent of the worker.
This bill is modeled on the paid sick days law that was passed in the city of Seattle in 2011.
This database provides short summaries of bills and statutes. The summaries are not intended to constitute legal advice. To find out how laws relate to your particular situation, you must contact a lawyer who specializes in employees’ rights, the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division (1-866-4USWAGE), your state labor department and/or your union.