Many Utah companies offer sick leave, though it is not required by the state. However, many employers that do offer sick leave benefits only allow employees to use the time for themselves, and not for taking care of a sick immediate family member, such as a child, spouse or parent. Without paid sick leave to care for others, employees can be forced to leave a good job to provide care for others, causing employers to lose trained, qualified workers.
HB 69 requires employers to allow an employee to use accrued sick leave to care for an immediate family member. It does not require employers to allocate paid sick leave if not already their policy, or to increase the amount of leave available. Ask legislators to pass this good policy to help Utah employees navigate care for their family members and businesses retain qualified employees!
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