We congratulate Congress for passing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act, and taking important steps to address the needs of our workforce during this crisis. These laws for the first time provide a national right to paid sick leave for many workers, and expand the right to unemployment insurance to many more workers who were previously excluded.
Unfortunately, there are still too many workers and families left out from these critical protections. Workers at large businesses and many small businesses—including many grocery store, delivery, and manufacturing workers who are considered essential—have no legal guarantee of any paid leave to care for themselves and their loved ones during this emergency. And the rights in these new laws address only the current crisis. We will continue to push for paid leave for all through the PAID Leave Act, to protect the long term health and economic security of workers across the nation.