Donatucci denounces pre-emption of local paid sick leave laws

HARRISBURG, April 16 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, has released the following statement in response to the state Senate’s passage of S.B. 333, which would invalidate Philadelphia’s mandatory paid sick leave law:

“It saddens me to think that Philadelphia workers would be further subjected to working through their own illnesses, or a family illness – instead of getting the rest and care they need to be even more effective employees. Getting rid of this well-intentioned law would hurt many low-income workers, in particular, who are forced to work while sick in order to keep their jobs and support their families.

“The bill’s sponsor, Senator John Eichelberger, has said that the state or federal government should decide how to handle paid sick leave. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss my House Bill 624 with the senator. Under this important legislation, workers would accrue paid sick leave to care for themselves or an ill family member based on the number of hours they have worked. Most workers would accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked, with slight changes in the regulations for small businesses. If Senator Eichelberger is looking for a solution at the state level, I would respectfully ask him and his colleagues to consider this bill.

“Taking a sick day shouldn’t be considered a luxury. I hope my colleagues will do what’s right for Philadelphians, and for all Pennsylvanians, by rejecting this Senate proposal, and instead consider granting paid sick leave to workers statewide.”