Smart Talk Thursday: Paid sick and family leave?; Coin shortage

Wolf proposing paid time off; businesses balk

  • Scott LaMar

Gov. Tom Wolf wants all Pennsylvania employers to offer paid sick and family leave time to their employees. Under the governor’s proposal, paid sick leave can be used to recover from an illness, for medical appointments, to care for a family member, or to seek help from abuse or violence. Six weeks of family leave would also be available with the birth of a new child.

Wolf is instituting sick and family leave for state employees under the governor’s jurisdiction beginning October 15.

Small business advocates say the time is not right for another paid benefit while many employers have taken a financial hit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is sick and family leave legislation already in the General Assembly and the sponsor of one bill – Democratic Sen. Maria Collett of Montgomery County appears on Thursday’s Smart Talk.

Gene Barr, President of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry joins us on the program, as well.

Also, you may have heard there’s a coin shortage during the COVID-19 pandemic. Actually, there is a not a shortage of coin, but a circulation problem caused by several factors, including bank lobbies not being open.

We’ll learn more about the coin circulation issue on Thursday’s Smart Talk and what you can do to help get more coins into the marketplace.

Our guest is Hannah Walker, Vice President of Political Affairs with FMI: The Food Industry Association and a member of the Federal Reserve U.S. Coin Task Force.

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