In the 110th Congress Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced the so-called Healthy Families Act, requiring businesses to provide seven days of paid sick leave to employees who work at least 30 hours a week. Employees who work less than 30 hours a week would qualify for a pro-rated amount of leave. After failing to pass in the 110th, the Healthy Families Act is expected to be re-introduced for the 111th Congress.

The impact of paid-leave mandates on small employers will be devastating. Voluntary paid-leave programs that are part of employees’ total compensation packages work because they offer flexibility to both employees and employers. With the economy struggling, now is not the time to impose an unnecessary, costly and disruptive requirement on business.

Action: Please call or email your U.S. Senators and ask them to OPPOSE the Healthy Families Act.  In addition, you could also click on CFA Votes! to send a customizable letter to your elected officials. You may also use the letter as a reference when calling offices.