In the 1993 movie Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray, events appear to repeat continually. In what had to feel like a Groundhog Day moment, .Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and Senator Patty Warren yesterday held a press conference to introduce the Healthy Families Act … for the ninth time! Congresswoman DeLauro first introduced the bill in 2005 (along with former Senator Edward Kennedy) and has introduced the bill in every Congress since.
The bill has the typical PSL architecture. Employers must allow employees to accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked to a maximum accrual of 56 hours annually. Accrual begins at the outset of employment; accrued time can be used beginning the 60th day of employment.
For those who might be thinking that it would be an improvement to have one federal law replace the patchwork of 30+ PSL laws we now have, the bill states specifically that it does not preempt any state or local PSL laws. Thus, in jurisdictions that already have a PSL law, the Healthy Families Act would add another PSL to comply with.
Will the ninth time be the charm? Or will we repeat this moment again two years from now, in the next Congress?