The states are mov­ing ahead, so just in time to be behind Pres­i­dent Oba­ma announced in his State of the Union address and then pro­posed the Healthy Fam­i­lies Act which would allow work­ing Amer­i­cans to earn up to sev­en days per year of paid sick time.  Key elements:

1)    Applies to groups of 15 or more employees
2)    Pro­vides accru­al of one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked – up to 56 hours
3)    Pro­vide employ­ees with the abil­i­ty to use leave after 60 days of employment
4)    Car­ry over leave from year to year
5)    Allow the use of sick leave for employ­ee ill­ness as well as sick fam­i­ly member
6)    Allow use to deal with domes­tic vio­lence (e.g. med­ical treat­ment or going to court)
7)    Require rein­state­ment of unused sick leave if the employ­ee is rehired with­in a year

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the final law will not pre empt state or local laws, so admin­is­tra­tion will be tricky.