Lawmakers pass bill granting sick leave to home health workers

Lawmakers pass bill granting sick leave to home health workers

RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) – Lawmakers in Virginia have given final approval to a measure that would offer some home health care workers paid sick leave.

The end product was a compromise deal that fell far short of what supporters of the measure initially hoped for.

Still, the bill’s sponsor and other supporters called it a first step forward on what has been a divisive issue, even among Democrats who control the state government.

The House voted 54-44 to approve Senate changes to the bill, sending it to Governor Ralph Northam.

The bill as presented would have covered a much wider range of workers deemed “essential”.

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