By Monica Stabile

Proposed legislation would mandate employers to provide paid sick leave to employees.

The Healthy Workplace Act, sponsored by Sen. Toi Hutchinson, D-Chicago Heights, would require that employees receive seven paid sick days during a 12-month period.

The bill establishes findings that the majority of low-wage employees often come into work sick because they do not receive paid sick days.

“More than 40% of all private sector workers in Illinois (over 2,500,000 people) have no right to a paid sick day,” the bill says.

Under the bill, employees would gain one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, until the maximum of 56 hours is reached. The employer could decide to set a higher limit of hours the employee must work to reach the 56 hours.

This legislation awaits a committee vote before it can reach the Senate chambers.

For more information about the Healthy Workplace Act, read here.

Contact Monica Stabile at intern@springfieldbusinessjournal.