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Senator Tim Kaine supports bill to provide workers paid sick leave due to coronavirus crisis

The legislation requires all employers to give workers seven days of paid sick leave and to provide an additional 14 days immediately for public health emergencies.

WASHINGTON — As coronavirus cases continue to rise around the U.S., including here in Virginia, Senator Tim Kaine wants to make sure every worker has paid sick leave.

Kaine cosponsored emergency paid sick leave legislation to provide paid sick days immediately to workers in light of the coronavirus crisis and in preparation for future public health emergencies.

Senator Patty Murray and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro are the chief patrons of this measure.

The legislation would require all employers to give workers seven days of paid sick leave and to provide an additional 14 days immediately in the event of any public health emergency, including the novel coronavirus crisis.

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“A public health crisis like the coronavirus underscores the urgent need to pass paid sick leave legislation. Workers deserve the flexibility to care for their health without fear of losing a paycheck,” said Kaine. “This legislation will help ensure that no American has to put their health – and the health of others in their community – at risk to keep their job.”    

The bill would also ensure paid sick leave covers days when your child's school is closed due to a public health emergency, when your employer is closed due to a public health emergency or if you or a family member is quarantined or isolated due to a public health emergency.

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