Paid sick days is once again up for approval in Virginia’s Congress. This time around, the bill is geared towards essential workers, who are in need of support particularly after battling COVID-19 on the frontlines. The House of Delegates has passed similar bills, only to have them fail in the Senate.

Advocates of the bill have been working with members of the Senate to ease concerns around paid sick days legislation in hopes of passing the Essential Workers Paid Sick Days bill. By focusing on essential workers, advocates hope to streamline the process of providing paid sick days to Virginians.

“They said to us, ‘Well, we think maybe we could do a bill that covers essential workers,’ so we’ve got a bill focused on essential workers. They said, ‘Well, we’re not sure about part-time workers,’ so we’ve got a bill that only covers workers who work 20 hours or more,” Kim Bobo of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy explains.

All eyes will be on Virginia’s Senate to see how they respond to the Essential Workers bill later in this congressional session. Read more here.