H. R. 2096
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 22, 2013
Mr. Grayson introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce
To amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to require that employers provide a minimum of 1 week of paid annual leave to employees.
This Act may be cited as the
Entitlement to vacation
Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act ( 29 U.S.C. 207 ) is amended by inserting after subsection (b) the following:
Beginning on the date of enactment of the Paid Vacation Act , an eligible employee of an employer that employs 100 or more employees at any time during a calendar year shall be entitled to a total of 1 workweek of paid vacation during each 12-month period.
Beginning on the date that is 3 years after the date of enactment of the Paid Vacation Act , an eligible employee of an employer that employs 50 or more employees at any time during a calendar year shall be entitled to a total of 1 workweek of paid vacation during each 12-month period, and an eligible employee of an employer that employs 100 or more employees shall be entitled to a total of 2 workweeks of paid vacation during each 12-month period, beginning on that eligible employee's first anniversary of employment.
An eligible employee shall provide the employer with not less than 30 days' notice, before the date the paid vacation under paragraph (1) or (2) is to begin, of the employee's intention to take paid vacation under such paragraph, and identify the date such paid vacation shall begin.
For purposes of this subsection—
the term eligible employee means an employee who has been employed for at least 12 months by the employer with respect to whom leave is requested under paragraph (1) or (2) and for at least 1,250 hours of service with such employer during such 12-month period; and
the term 1 workweek of paid vacation means vacation time, in addition to and apart from sick leave and any leave otherwise required by law, to be taken in a continuous series or block of work days comprising 7 calendar days that cannot be rolled over, but must be used within the 12-month period.
The exemptions to this section provided in section 13 shall not apply to this subsection.
Public awareness campaign by Department of Labor
The Secretary of Labor is authorized to conduct a public awareness campaign, through the Internet and other media, to inform the public of the entitlement to leave afforded by this Act. There is authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary for the public awareness campaign.
Study on productivity
The Secretary of Labor shall conduct a study on workplace productivity and the effect on productivity of the leave requirement in this Act. The study shall also address any benefits to public health and psychological well-being as a result of such leave. Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall transmit to Congress a report containing the findings of the study, and shall publish such findings on the website of the Department of Labor.