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Paid Sick Days Campaigns

National Paid Sick Days Campaign

The Healthy Families Act coalition 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. More

In the States

In 2006, San Francisco became the first locality in the nation to guarantee access to earned paid sick days. In 2008, the District of Columbia passed a paid sick days standard that included paid “safe” days for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. That law was expanded in 2014 to include tipped restaurant and bar workers. In 2011, the Connecticut legislature became the first in the nation to pass a statewide paid sick days law and, in the same year, Seattle also passed a paid sick days law. In 2013, Portland, Ore., New York City and Jersey City, N.J., adopted paid sick days standards. Newark, N.J., followed in early 2014, followed by Eugene, Ore., the state of California, and the New Jersey cities of Passaic, Paterson, East Orange and Irvington. In November 2014, paid sick days ballot measures passed in Massachusetts, Oakland, Calif., and the New Jersey cities of Montclair and Trenton. And in 2015, as of March 1, paid sick days laws have passed in in Tacoma, Wash., and Philadelphia, Pa.

Legislators and advocates are currently advancing paid sick days proposals in Congress and through active campaigns in states and cities across the country.

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