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Support Paid Sick Days for Working Families

There are few social justice issues today that cut across a broad range of issue areas like paid sick days: economic justice, labor rights, women’s equality, working families, and public health. The Healthy Families Act (H.R. 1516/S. 636), introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Sen. Patty Murray, would require employers with 15 or more workers scheduled to work each day to permit employees to earn up to 7 job-protected paid sick days every year.

Urge your Members of Congress to support the Healthy Families Act, legislation that would pass paid sick days nationwide and support working families.

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  • Background on paid sick days and the Healthy Families Act

    Employees may use this time to care for their own medical needs, care for the medical needs of certain family members (such as a child, parent, or domestic partner); or seek medical attention, assist a related person, take legal action, or engage in other activities related to domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

    Paid sick days are beneficial to both the employer and the employee, allowing workers to recover from illness instead of spreading it in the workplace; saving money for employers by reducing turnover; and helping caregivers better balance their caregiving and their jobs.

    Crafting policies that provide a basic standard of leave for workers while remaining sensitive to the potential impacts on employers is critical to achieving a just solution for all. 

    Jewish Values, labor rights, and working families

    Jewish tradition speaks strongly about valuing workers' dignity as well as maintaining healthy families. We are taught in the Torah, "You shall not abuse a needy and destitute laborer, whether a fellow Israelite or a stranger in one of the communities of your land. You must pay out the wages due on the same day, before the sun sets, for the worker is needy and urgently depends on it; else a cry to the Eternal will be issued against you and you will incur guilt" (Deuteronomy 24:14-15).

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    For more information, please contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Nathan Bennett at 202-387-2800.