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Austin City Council voted unanimously late Thursday night to develop a policy for private employers to offer paid sick leave to their workers.
As elected officials, Governor Hogan and I already have access to earned paid sick days. Don’t all Marylanders deserve that same opportunity?
The Rhode Island legislature considered a paid sick leave bill last year, but it didn’t get much traction. That’s when a number of different factors intervened.
The researchers found that workers without paid sick leave benefits reported a statistically significant higher level of psychological distress. They also are 1.45 times more likely to report that their distress symptoms interfere “a lot” with their daily life and activities compared to workers with paid sick leave.
Employers have seen a decrease in absenteeism, lower safety risks, as well as higher productivity rates at their workplaces as a result of providing fair wages, decent schedules and paid sick days to their employees.
[District 4 Councilman Greg] Casar noted the effort to require paid sick leave is no anomaly for Austin; more than 30 cities and seven state pave [sic] passed similar legislation.
"Parents should not have to make that impossible decision of choosing between a paycheck and keeping their sick children home," said Ina Demers, a member of the Maine Education Association.
Paid sick time is about dignity. We all get sick sometimes. When we do, we shouldn’t have to risk losing our jobs or forgoing needed wages because we must stay home.
“The jump in access is an enormous testament to work of advocates and lawmakers passing common-sense policies that obviously and clearly are shown to increase access to sick time,” Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.
The National Partnership for Women and Families reports that in San Francisco, the first American city to enact sick leave legislation, more than 70 percent of employers said there was no impact on their profitability.
“Families are really struggling, and part of the reason they can’t get ahead is they lack basic protections,” said Vicki Shabo of the National Partnership for Women & Families, an advocacy group in Washington, D.C. “The challenges they’re facing are not their individual problems to face — they’re not alone. These are challenges that really sweep the country.”
"This policy is good for workers, good for business and good for the economy," said Vicki Shabo, a vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, which promotes such policies.
“This policy is good for workers, good for business and good for the economy,” said Vicki Shabo, a vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, which promotes such policies.
It's unclear whether other states require certain employers to provide unpaid sick days, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families.
The Montgomery County law is the country’s twenty-third paid sick days law, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families, a group of advocates for paid sick days.
"Facebook's extraordinary announcement marks the dawn of a new day in this country," said National Partnership for Women & Families President Debra Ness.
"Paid sick days laws are or will soon be in place in 21 places across the country and 81 percent of voters say they want lawmakers to consider new laws like paid sick days,” the National Partnership for Women & Families said in a statement. “It is past time for action at the federal level.”
Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, said that “this is the time, this is the moment” to pass federal legislation on paid sick leave."
Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, said, “There was not a big lobbying effort around this amendment,” she said. “The vote was a surprise -- but a very positive surprise.”
Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, told Bloomberg BNA in an interview April 2 that Microsoft's move is “an interesting first step we haven't seen others do.”
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