Nearly four in 10 private sector workers — and 80 percent of the lowest-wage workers — do not have paid sick days to care for their own health. And millions more don’t have paid sick days to care for a sick child. For these workers, the decision to take time off from work to recover from an illness or to care for a sick child or family member is a choice between their health and their financial security.
It’s just not right. Everyone gets sick. And everyone deserves time to get better, without risking their economic security.
Workers need a national paid sick days standard that gives them the economic security to stay home when sick, when they need to see a doctor, or when a family member needs medical care. And the public agrees: 88 percent of voters say they want all workers to be able to earn paid sick days.
The Healthy Families Act
The Healthy Families Act is federal legislation that would set a national paid sick days standard. The bill would enable workers to earn up to seven paid sick days a year to recover from an illness or care for a sick family member, or to see a doctor. More
State and Local Paid Sick Days Legislation
State and local advocates are leading the way toward a national paid sick days standard by working to pass laws that guarantee workers paid sick days in their localities. More