Front line workers advocate for more COVID paid leave

Care workers in Massachusetts are contracting COVID-19 in their workplaces, but in the volatile job climate, many have no other employment options and no sick days left. During budget negotiations at the State House, legislators debated putting the Emergency Paid Sick Time Amendment in the FY2021 state budget.

The House did not approve the amendment in its version of the budget, so Raise Up Massachusetts is now urging state senators to pass the amendment in the Senate version, allocating $55 million to a sick time fund. The money goes toward 10 additional work days (80 hours) of paid sick time for immediate use, and would reimburse employers who participate, whether their employees work on the front lines of the pandemic or not.

The fund would allow workers who weren’t protected by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Workers who were employed by companies of more than 500 workers

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