Pennsylvania law does not require employers to provide any paid sick leave for employees.
- Because women bear the brunt of caregiving responsibilities, working women are disproportionately impacted by the current lack of paid sick leave.
- Women are disproportionately affected by lack of paid sick leave because they are more likely than men to work part-time and to be in low-wage jobs.
- Without access to paid leave, working mothers are less likely to seek medical care for themselves or take their children for medical visits for mild illnesses.
- Currently, many women choose not to take paid or unpaid leave when it is available for fear of retaliation from their employer.
- The only guaranteed family leave enjoyed by Pennsylvanians is the unpaid leave required by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) (1993), which does not provide leave to all employees.
- Currently, survivors of domestic and sexual violence (and family members) that work in Philadelphia have the right to unpaid leave from work.