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Collett’s paid leave bill is moving through the Senate committee

Senator Collet

The Family Care Act would establish a statewide paid family and medical leave program.

Harrisburg, PA — Today, Senator Maria Collett (D-12 Montgomery) Family Care Act, SB 580, passed the Senate Labor and Industry Committee on a vote of 8-3. The legislation would establish a statewide paid family and medical leave program.

“Far too many Pennsylvanians are forced to make the impossible choice between putting food on the table and keeping a roof over their heads or caring for a new or sick family member. And for far too long, the Senate majority has waited to advance vital legislation, like my Family Care Act, to ease those burdens.” Senator Collett said. “I was thrilled to see the Senate Labor and Industry Committee today approve Senate Bill 580, bringing us one step closer to providing paid leave to working Pennsylvanians – and a competitive advantage for our small businesses.”

The legislation will allow workers to invest small deductions from their weekly income into a state-run workforce program administered by the Department of Labor and Industry. Employees can then use the fund whenever they need it:

  • To care for oneself or a close family member in the event of a serious illness;
  • To care for a new child (including adopted children); or
  • Caring for a member of the military in eligible circumstances.

Collett first introduced the Family Care Act in 2019, inspired by her constituents, the Swain and Sheeder families, who shared the heartbreaking story of losing their infant daughter, Emersyn, to a congenital heart defect, and the challenges they faced without access to paid leave. Collett reintroduced the bipartisan legislation this session, along with co-prime sponsor Senator Devlin Robinson.

SB 580 must pass the Senate Judiciary Committee and a vote in the Senate before moving through the Pennsylvania House to reach Governor Shapiro’s desk. The House version of the bill, HB 181, has passed the House Labor & Industry Committee and Appropriations Committee and is awaiting a full floor vote in the House.

If signed into law, Pennsyvlania would join thirteen other states offering paid family and medical leave to eligible workers.

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