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Senator Taddeo, District 40 — Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 7, 2022

CONTACT: Veronica Sandoval, 17868779565


Senator Taddeo and Representative Benjamin File Legislation To Protect Employees' Jobs During COVID-19

Tallahassee —

Senator Taddeo (D-Miami) and Representative Christopher Benjamin (D-Miami Gardens) have filed Senate Bill 1714 and House Bill 1113, which protects the jobs of employees who take unpaid sick leave to quarantine after proof of a positive COVID-19 test.
 
To enhance these efforts, Senator Taddeo has re-introduced SB 446 to restore local governments’ authority to set worker wages, benefits, and earned sick time. This complimentary bill would return power to local governments so they can adequately provide paid sick leave to employees.
 
As written in a Tampa Bay Times article, “They don’t tell us when people have been in the building sick,” one Department of Revenue employee wrote. “We have to hear through the grapevine that someone is in the hospital or dead. If we complain, we are offered demotions.”
 
If we want our businesses and economy to flourish, we must listen to the science and adhere to the proven measures such as quarantining after exposure to protect our workforce.
 
“How can we expect to move past this public health crisis if hard working Floridians are not being told if they’ve been exposed by someone else in the workplace?”, said Senator Taddeo. “And on top of that, the small number of employers who knowingly force the employees to come to work sick or possibly exposed, are putting our local economy at risk, not to mention the health and well-being of hard-working families”.
 
”I believe that it’s important and inline with legislation that we’ve passed in protecting a worker’s employment during this pandemic,” said Representative Benjamin. “I want to make sure that an employee’s job is safe should they contract Covid and that they feel safe that their job is protected as they quarantine, and by ensuring that workers feel safe in taking time off we also help stop the spread within the workplace.”