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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.
Paid sick days laws are or will soon be in place in 11 states, the District of Columbia and 21 other jurisdictions. More than 40 million private sector workers are covered by these laws. 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 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 Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Tacoma, Wash; Emeryville, Calif.; the state of Oregon; Montgomery County, Md.; and the New Jersey cities of Bloomfield, Elizabeth and New Brunswick.
In 2016, a record number of paid sick days laws were approved. Voters approved ballot measures in Arizona and Washington, and paid sick days laws were 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.
In 2017, Rhode Island became the eighth state to pass a paid sick days law.
In 2018, Maryland, New Jersey and Michigan became the ninth, 10th and 11th states respectively to guarantee access to paid sick days for their workers. (When the New Jersey law took effect in October 2018, it improved upon the 13 local laws in the state and those laws are no longer in effect.) Also in 2018, Austin, Texas, became the first city in the South to enact a paid sick days law. Duluth, Minn., San Antonio, Texas, and Westchester County, N.Y., also passed its paid sick days ordinances in 2018.
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.
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