Senator Millett Files Bill in Augusta to Require Earned Paid Sick Days to Employees


Eliza Townsend, Executive Director, of Maine Women’s Lobby, Speaks at the Launching of the Campaign.

Senator Rebecca Millett has filed a bill to allow all workers to earn paid sick days in the 129th Legislative Session.  And since 85 Mainers died of the flu last year, the sooner this policy passes, the fewer germs and viruses will be passed around, according to a press release issued by the Maine Women’s Lobby today.

“We all face a major life event sooner or later, and that’s why we believe it’s time for a system of paid family and medical leave insurance to help workers and small businesses face that inevitability.  Paid leave not only supports families but also benefits small employers, helping to attract and retain workers and giving small businesses support when those inevitable life events hit,” according to the press release.

“I fully support Senator Millett’s bill.  Every worker in the state deserves what we are on the verge of achieving for Portland workers,” emailed Mayor Ethan Strimling, Portland.

The campaign that launched a city ordinance that would require all employees in Maine to offer their employees an earned paid sick leave occurred at  Longfellow Square on Labor Day, September 4, 2017.  Then candidate for Governor of Maine, AG Janet Mills, attended the launching of the campaign.

The consideration of a city ordinance aimed at putting this into place has taken up considerable agenda time on the Health & Human Services Committee.

If any members of the Maine State Legislator would like to offer their opinion on this proposed bill, please feel free to email: and it will be considered for posting on this article.

For more, please visit post dated September 4, 2017 herein.

(Senator Millett represents District 29th, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth and part of Scarborough.)