On March 15, 2007, Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Ma) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced the Healthy Families Act (S.910, H.R. 1902) that would require employers to provide 7 paid sick days a year. The legislation applies to the federal and state government. It also applies to private sector employers who have 15 or more employees. Paid leave would be required: (1) for an absence resulting from a physical or mental illness, injury, or medical condition of the employee; (2) absences to obtain professional medical care; and (3) absence to care for a child, parent, spouse, or other individual related by blood or affinity whose association with the employee is equivalent to a family relationship.