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Engel Helps Introduce Paid Sick Day Legislation to Protect Workers from Coronavirus/COVID-19

Engel Helps Introduce Paid Sick Day Legislation to Protect Workers from Coronavirus/COVID-19

Congressman Eliot L. Engel today helped introduce legislation that would provide workers with 14 paid sick days if a public health emergency is called for a coronavirus outbreak in their community.

The Paid Sick Days for Public Health Emergencies and Personal Family Care Act would protect workers by requiring employers to provide 14 days of paid sick leave that is available immediately after a public emergency is called at the federal, state or local level. This paid sick leave would cover days when the worker’s children are at home due to a school closure arising from a public health emergency or if the worker or the worker’s family is quarantined or isolated due to the emergency.

“During public health crises, workers should not have to choose between their jobs and their health,” said Rep. Engel. “My constituents are on the frontlines of New York’s COVID-19 outbreak. With more cases likely, it is critical that New Yorkers can take time off to protect themselves and their families without the fear of losing their jobs. If enacted, this legislation would provide workers with 14 paid days off to protect their health.”

The Paid Sick Days for Public Health Emergencies and Personal Family Care Act builds on Congressman Engel’s work to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak in New York and across the country. On March 4, Congressman Engel helped pass through the House an $8.3 billion emergency funding package to help this crisis. This package, which was signed into law on March 6, 2020, provides $3 billion for developing treatments and vaccines as well as $2.2 billion for federal and state efforts to address the virus. Congressman Engel also recently introduced the bipartisan Preventing Drug Shortages Act that would help prevent shortages of critical medications, including those stemming from the coronavirus outbreak. Engel is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee.