National Partnership for Women & Families

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The Problem

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.

The Solution

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