Flynn supports governor’s call for action on paid leave and family leave legislation for working people

HARRISBURG, Aug. 31 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, joined Gov. Tom Wolf and fellow lawmakers at a news conference today urging the General Assembly to support Pennsylvania families and pass paid sick leave legislation, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Flynn said Pennsylvania needs paid sick leave for workers who miss work for an illness or to take care of a loved one. Flynn said he also supports family leave legislation (S.B. 580) and other House bills, which remain stuck in committees.

“We need to pass a comprehensive family leave plan that meets the needs of all workers and their families, not just a select few,” Flynn said. “Pennsylvania workers shouldn’t have to choose between their job and their health, especially during a pandemic.”

Flynn said paid family leave provides advantages to employees and families because it can increase employee morale and productivity once workers return to their jobs.

Wolf also announced a new paid family leave policy for Commonwealth employees under his jurisdiction effective Oct. 15.

Commonwealth employees will be eligible for up to six weeks of paid parental leave to care for a child after a birth, adoption or foster care placement. The new policy is separate from accrued sick or paid time off the employee may have earned.

Flynn said a paid sick leave law would help approximately 400,000 Pennsylvanians, many of whom are low-wage earners who are forced to work when they are sick.