House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi marked the 20th anniversary of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act in Boston by pushing for legislation that would require businesses to allow up to seven paid sick days a year. The 1993 law offers 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a newborn or sick family member or to recover from an illness.
Activists say the law leaves out half of workers. Pelosi wants it to guarantee paid time off. State lawmakers are pushing a bill that would give workers an hour of paid sick time per 30 hours worked.