S. 984 (112th): Healthy Families Act

Introduced:
May 12, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Status:
Died (Referred to Committee)
Sponsor
Thomas “Tom” Harkin
Junior Senator from Iowa
Party
Democrat
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Last Updated
May 12, 2011
Length
47 pages
Related Bills
S. 631 (113th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Mar 20, 2013

H.R. 1876 (Related)
Healthy Families Act

Referred to Committee
Last Action: May 12, 2011

 
Status

This bill was introduced on May 12, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Progress
Introduced May 12, 2011
Referred to Committee May 12, 2011
 
Full Title

A bill to allow Americans to earn paid sick time so that they can address their own health needs and the health needs of their families.

Summary

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Library of Congress Summary

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5/12/2011--Introduced.
Healthy Families Act - Requires certain employers, who employ 15 or more employees for each working day during 20 or more workweeks a year, to permit each employee to earn at least 1 hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked.
Declares that an employer shall not be required to permit an employee to earn more than 56 hours of paid sick time in a calendar year, unless the employer chooses to set a higher limit.
Allows employees to use such time to: (1) meet their own medical needs; (2) care for the medical needs of certain family members; or (3) seek medical attention, assist a related person, take legal action, or engage in other specified activities relating to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
Prohibits an employer from interfering with an employee's exercise of such rights.
Directs the Secretary of Labor to exercise certain investigative and enforcement authority for employees covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 or the Government Employee Rights Act of 1991. Grants the same authority, for employees under their jurisdiction, to the Librarian of Congress, the Comptroller General, the Board of Directors of the congressional Office of Compliance, and the Merit Systems Protection Board.
Authorizes civil actions by employees, individuals, or their representatives for damages or equitable relief against employers who violate this Act.
Waives a state's sovereign immunity with respect to a suit brought by an employee of a federally-assisted state program or activity for relief authorized under this Act.
Requires the Commissioner of Labor Statistics to annually compile information on paid sick time and the Comptroller General to study related matters.
Declares that nothing in this Act shall be construed to discourage employers from adopting or retaining more generous leave policies.

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