HB 596/SB 457 – Healthy Families & Workplaces/Paid Sick Days

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Susan Fisher (D-Buncombe); Rep. Kandie Smith (D-Pitt); Rep. Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford); Rep. Terry Brown, Jr. (D-Mecklenburg)



This bill:

  • Establishes the Healthy Families and Healthy Workplaces Act.
  • Requires paid sick time be provided to an employee for any of the following reasons: (1) to care for the employee’s immediate family member under specified conditions; (2) to care for the employee’s own physical or mental illness, injury, or medical conditions under specified conditions; (3) the absence is necessary due to circumstances resulting from the employee, or a family member of the employee, being a victim of stalking or domestic or sexual violence under specified conditions.
  • States that paid sick time must begin to accrue at the commencement of employment and must accrue at the rate of one hour of pay for every 30 hours worked.
  • Permits an employer to require certification of the qualifying illness, injury, health condition, or violence when paid sick time covers more than 3 consecutive workdays.
  • Provides notice requirements for employers.
  • Authorizes the Commissioner to enforce and administer the provisions of the Act.



SB 457

Filed – 4/1/2021

This bill was referred to the following Senate Committees:

-Rules and Operations

HB 596

Filed – 4/19/2021