FLORida State Sen. Jose Rodriguez announced Wednesday he plans to introduce a bill that would require the state’s biggest employers to offer paid sick days to employees.
The legislation, which would create an employer-sponsored health plan, would also require employers to provide at least one day off per week for employees at their home sites.
The proposed legislation is expected to generate $2 billion in revenue annually, Rodriguez said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
He said the state already has laws in place for paid sick leave, including one in Florida that expired in 2015.
He said the bill would also create a statewide health care provider payment system.
Rodriguez said the Florida Legislature is set to vote on a bill next week to expand paid sick time in Florida, but the legislation has not yet been filed with the governor’s office.
“We are going to get it through, but it’s been a long time coming,” Rodriguez said.
In the House, Rep. Chris Gillett (R-Canton) is sponsoring a similar bill, but his bill would require employers who have at least 50 full-time workers to offer 10 days of paid sick leaves a year.
The bill would establish a federal matching fund for any employer with a minimum of 100 employees who provides paid sick hours.
A similar bill introduced by Gilletti in the Senate last year failed.