Santarsiero proposes legislation to protect workers during public health crisis

This legislation would prevent employers from retaliating against or terminating an employee when they must take leave for quarantine or isolation

State Sen. Steve Santarsiero (D-10th dist.) was joined by Tom Tosti, president of the Bucks County Council AFL-CIO, for a press call to announce his proposed legislation that aims to protect workers during public health crises. This legislation would prevent employers from retaliating against or terminating an employee when they must take leave for quarantine or isolation.

“Currently, there is no law in Pennsylvania that protects an employee from termination if placed under quarantine or isolation during a declared public health emergency,” Santarsiero said. “No one should have to fear losing their job when they are forced to take the necessary precautions to prevent the spreading of viruses, for the sake of their own wellbeing and the health of the public.”

“I want to thank Sen. Santarsiero for looking out for workers across Pennsylvania,” Tosti said. “This is important for all workers across the state, to know that their jobs are safe while they’re in this required quarantine or isolation.”

This legislation has bipartisan support and, at the time of publication, the following co-sponsors: Sens. Tim Kearney, Katie Muth, Bob Mensch, Maria Collett and Tina Tartaglione.