Dems to unveil paid sick leave bill

Democratic lawmakers are planning to introduce legislation that would allow workers to earn up to seven paid sick days a year.

Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayFinding a path forward to end surprise medical billing Trump's new labor chief alarms Democrats, unions Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Sanders mounts staunch defense of 'Medicare for All' | Biden, Sanders fight over health care heats up | House votes to repeal ObamaCare 'Cadillac Tax' | Dems want details on fetal tissue research ban MORE (Wash.) and Rep. Rose DeLauro (Conn.) will hold a press conference Thursday to announce the Healthy Families Act, which aims to help workers increase economic security, a release said.


The legislation would allow American workers to earn up to seven sick days that can be used to care for family members or address personal medical needs.

The news comes less than a month after House Democrats responded to President Obama’s call for a bill on paid leave and reintroduced legislations that would give federal employees six weeks of paid parental leave for the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child.

The renewed push comes after Obama signed an executive memorandum giving federal employees access to six weeks of paid parental leave by allowing new parents to advance their sick time and called on Congress to create a federal policy for paid parental and sick leave.