Philadelphia joins paid-leave push

Philadelphia joined San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and Washington on Thursday in adopting a paid sick leave law.


The city council voted 14-2 to approve an ordinance that guarantees workers the right to earn paid sick days. The action came on the heels of the Health Families Act, which Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOn The Money — Biden sticks with Powell despite pressure Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Arbery case, Biden spending bill each test views of justice MORE (D-Wash.) introduced in the Senate and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced in the House on Thursday.  The bill requires companies with 15 or more employees to offer their employees the ability to earn up to seven paid sick days a year.

The law in Philadelphia requires businesses with 10 more workers to offer their employees the ability to earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked, according to a city news release. The law goes into effect in 90 days.

“The momentum for paid sick days is undeniable,” Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, said in a news release.

“President Obama issued a stirring call for local action in his State of the Union address, members of Congress are reintroducing federal paid sick days legislation today, and Tacoma’s City Council approved the first paid sick days measure of the year last month.”

Last month, Obama announced another $1 million in funds this year for the Department of Labor to fund state feasibility studies on paid leave laws and proposed $2.2 billion in the 2016 budget. Last year, the department gave the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Montana and Rhode Island a total of $500,000 in grant money to fund studies on creating state initiatives.