Senator Larry Farnese

HARRISBURG, April 8, 2020  – With the legislature’s majority focused on redundant oversight and scaling back mitigation efforts, state Sen. Larry Farnese and Rep. Joe Hohenstein today introduced their bills to provide emergency paid sick leave for Pennsylvania workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

“Our response to this crisis must be focused on workers and their families who have sacrificed the most to our mitigation effort,” Farnese said. “Pennsylvania just set a new high for daily death rate and it’s no time to roll back our mitigation. Instead, we need to deliver protections for working families that will keep communities healthy and safe.”

The bills are designed to enhance and further the provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

“We’re trying to protect public health by making sure sick workers stay home,” Hohenstein said. “Instead, the majority wants to open more businesses and expose more people. It’s misguided and dangerous.”

More than a week ago, the two lawmakers began circulating co-sponsorship memos for companion legislation in each chamber that will provide:

  • Emergency paid sick leave for all employees in addition to any sick leave already provided in the event of a disaster emergency.
  • Extending that leave for those laid off, who must care for children, or whose workplaces have closed.
  • Guarantees for re-employment for workers returning from leave