National Partnership for Women & Families

Paid Sick Days Campaigns

The National Campaign

The Healthy Families Act is federal legislation that would set a national paid sick days standard. The Healthy Families Act coalition advocates for passage of the bill and 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.

In the States

Paid sick days laws are or will soon be in place in seven states, the District of Columbia and 31 other jurisdictions. Estimates of the number and percentage of private sector workers without paid sick days in the states that have not adopted any state or municipal paid sick days laws can be found here.

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 passed a paid sick days law. In 2013, New York City and Jersey City, N.J., adopted paid sick days standards. Newark, N.J., followed in early 2014, followed by 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. In 2015, paid sick days laws were adopted in Tacoma, Wash.; Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pa.; Emeryville, Calif.; the state of Oregon; Montgomery County, Md.; and the New Jersey cities of Bloomfield, Elizabeth and New Brunswick. And in 2016, as of November 9, paid sick days ballot measures passed in Arizona and Washington, and paid sick days laws have been adopted in Spokane, Wash.; Vermont; Plainfield and Morristown, N.J.; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.; Chicago and Cook County, Ill.; and the California cities of Santa Monica, Los Angeles and Berkeley. An up-to-date list of existing paid sick days laws can always be found here.

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

Click on the interactive map below to view the latest campaign updates.

State with a paid sick days campaign State with campaign
Orange shading represents existing legislation. State with paid sick days victory
City or county with a paid sick days victory City or county with paid sick days victory

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