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Washington Labor & Employment Wire » Pandemic Protection for Workers, Families, and Businesses Act (H.R. 4092)

Pandemic Protection for Workers, Families, and Businesses Act (H.R. 4092)


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Core Provisions: This legislation would guarantee up to seven days of paid sick leave for full-time workers infected by a contagious illness, such as the H1N1 virus. Part-time workers would be eligible for paid leave for a number of days or hours to be determined under a formula specified by the Secretary of Labor. The bill provides that employees may use the paid leave for their own contagious illness, or to care for a child with a contagious illness.

Employers who already provide employees with seven days of paid leave that may be used for the same purposes and under the same conditions as those specified in the bill would not be required to provide additional paid sick leave under the new legislation. The bill also includes an anti-retaliation provision and creates a private right of action for individuals against employers who interfere with the rights provided under the legislation.

Status: Rep. DeLauro (D-CT) introduced H.R. 4092 on November 17, 2009, and it was referred to the Committees on Education and Labor; House Administration; and Oversight and Government Reform. Sen. Dodd (D-CT) introduced a companion bill in the Senate (S. 2790), and it was referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.