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Governor Wolf Joins the White House in Championing Paid Sick Leave

By: Beth Melena, Deputy Press Secretary

September 29, 2016

Today, Governor Wolf participated in a White House press call with Valerie Jarrett, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Jenny Yang, and Philadelphia Councilman Bill Greenlee to discuss ways to bolster the middle class, including expanding paid sick leave.

When the Senate tried to push through legislation that would deny local municipalities’ ability to pass ordinances for paid sick leave, Governor Wolf came out strongly against their actions.

The state should not be in the business of denying municipalities the opportunity to govern themselves and pass ordinances for leave that they believe will help families and the economy.

Providing access to paid sick leave will improve the performance of employees and ensure that employers remain competitive in the search for dedicated and talented employees.

Earned sick leave also improves the overall public health. Giving sick workers the occasional option of staying at home to receive care will decrease their recovery time and reduce the likelihood of spreading illness.

States and municipalities that have enacted paid sick leave policies have shown that such policies have a demonstrably positive impact on their economies.

That’s why the Wolf administration is working towards the goal of providing access to paid sick leave for commonwealth employees and state contractors.

This isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing.

These quality improvements will lead to improved performance of employees and efficiency in Commonwealth procurement.

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