SB 457 – Healthy Families & Workplaces/Paid Sick Days

Primary Senate Sponsors: Sen. Gladys Robinson (D-Guilford)




This bill:

  • Establishes the Health Families and Healthy Workplaces Act.
  • Sets out a series of defined terms.
  • 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) 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.


Filed – 4/1/2021