The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has sent a letter to members of Congress demanding they vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFPA) as soon as possible.”PFPA is the most progressive bill in the history of the legislative branch,” the letter stated.
“The American people deserve to have access to paid sick leave.”
The bill, which passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday and is headed to the Senate next week, would give employers the option to pay workers at least 30 hours of paid sick time each month, up to 100 hours per week, and to pay up to two months of vacation for employees with child care obligations.
It would also require employers to provide employees with paid time off for family and medical leave, and would require employers who offer paid sick-leave to be paid for the time.
The legislation is the latest effort to create more protections for workers’ rights.
Earlier this month, the House passed a bill that would extend paid time-off for federal workers, a measure that has been blocked by a court in Minnesota.
The Senate voted to pass the bill, but it failed in the Senate, too.
The PFPA would also increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, and the maximum amount employers can pay to workers on a wage-setting basis, to $15 an hour.
The bill also extends unemployment insurance for workers to up to three months and provides states with up to $1 million in state funds for worker training and job-placement programs.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) said in a statement that it supports the bill and that the bill would make it easier for workers in states that have expanded unemployment benefits to find work.”AFSCMA and other trade unions are deeply concerned by the lack of meaningful, cost-effective paid sick days and paid vacation and leave provisions in the PFPA, which are critical to the safety of American workers,” the group said.
“We urge members of the House to support this important legislation and support paid sick and vacation leave for all workers, including the most vulnerable workers.”