Washington DC- U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), a member of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP), released a statement following reports that President Obama will push for paid sick leave in his upcoming State of the Union Address.
“I’m pleased by the reports that the President will push for paid sick leave in his upcoming State of the Union Address. Millions of Americans literally can’t afford to get sick. It is hard enough making ends meet without getting sick and taking another hit on pay day. Paid sick leave is an important family, economic and public health issue. When employees come into work sick, productivity is decreased and illness spreads to others. Ultimately, when a sick employee can’t afford to take a sick day it hurts businesses’ bottom line. I’m hopeful that Congress will move forward on this commonsense legislation in the new year.”