National Partnership for Women & Families
A project of national partnership for women and families

Paid Sick Days Campaigns

National Paid Sick Days Campaign

The National Partnership is a leader of the Healthy Families Act Coalition, which advocates for passage of a national paid sick days standard through public education, mobilization and advocacy in order to secure paid sick days for tens of millions of Americans. The Healthy Families Act is federal legislation that would set a national paid sick days standard, enabling workers to earn up to seven paid sick days a year to recover from an illness or care for a sick family member. More

In the States

In 2006, San Francisco became the first place in the nation to guarantee paid sick days for all its workers. In 2008, Washington, D.C., and Milwaukee, WI, became the second and third cities in the nation to pass paid sick days laws — and the first to include paid "safe days" for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. In 2011, in a historic victory for workers and the public, Connecticut became the first state in the nation to pass a statewide paid sick days bill, and Philadelphia became the fourth city to pass such a standard. Both bills are awaiting final approval before they will become law.

Legislators and advocates are currently advancing paid sick days proposals in Congress and through active campaigns, bills or both in 20 states and cities.

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For a PDF document of all the active paid sick days campaigns nationwide, click here.