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Current Sick Days Laws

Paid sick days standards are emerging across the country. View a chart summarizing the key points in existing laws here.

Here’s a quick overview:

  • At present, many government employees have access to paid sick days. All states provide paid sick days to at least some state employees, and the federal government provides 13 paid sick days a year to its nearly 2.5 million full-time employees that can be used for self- or family-care.
  • Additionally, nine states — California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin — and the District of Columbia allow at least some workers who already have paid sick days to use them to care for certain family members. Some of these laws provide this right only to workers with seriously ill family members, while others permit flexible use of sick leave for family members with routine illnesses.
  • Connecticut is the only state in the nation with a statewide paid sick days law in effect that allows a significant share of workers in the state to earn paid sick days to recover from illness, seek medical care, or care for a sick child or spouse. California and Massachusetts recently adopted paid sick days laws that will go into effect in 2015.
  • The cities of San Francisco, Washington, D.C., New York City, Seattle, Portland, Ore., Newark, N.J., and Jersey City, N.J., have laws that allow workers to earn paid sick days to recover from a short-term illness, care for a sick family member or seek routine medical care. The Washington, D.C., Connecticut, Seattle and Portland laws also include paid "safe" days that provide earned leave that allows survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking to seek services related to these incidents.
  • The cities of Oakland (Calif.), Eugene (Ore.), and the New Jersey cities of Irvington, Paterson, Passaic, East Orange, Montclair and Trenton, have also recently adopted paid sick days laws that go into effect in 2015. San Diego (Calif.) also adopted a paid sick days law but it was challenged by opponents; its fate will be decided by voters in 2016.

 

Bills

Women's Economic Security Act

Minnesota | Sponsor: Melin (D)/Pappas (D) | Latest Action: Signed by Governor 05/11/14

The Paid Sick Leave Act

Michigan | Sponsor: Ananich (D) | Latest Action: Introduced and referred to House Committee on Commerce 05/15/12

The Healthy Families and Workplaces Act

Nebraska | Sponsor: Conrad (D) | Latest Action: Hearing in Committee on Business and Labor 02/24/14

The Earned Sick Time Act

Illinois | Sponsor: Berrios (D)/Muñoz (D) | Latest Action: Senate Bill referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce 02/11/14

The Earned Paid Sick Leave Act

South Carolina | Sponsor: Kimpson (D) | Latest Action: Bill introduced and referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce & Industry 01/14/14

Sick and Safe Time

Arizona | Sponsor: Patterson (D) | Latest Action: Died upon adjournment 04/20/11

Sick and Safe Time

Arizona | Sponsor: Tovar (D) | Latest Action: Introduced and referred to Committees on Commerce, Employment & Regulatory Affairs and Rules 01/17/12

Sick and Safe Time

Arizona | Sponsor: Larkin (D) | Latest Action: Referred to Committees on Commerce, Government and Rules 02/13/13

Sick and Safe Leave

Washington | Sponsor: Jinkins (D)/Harper (D) | Latest Action: Passed House 01/29/14

Paid Sick Leave Requirement

New York | Sponsor: Parker (D) | Latest Action: Re-referred to Committee on Labor 01/04/12

Paid Sick Leave Act

New York | Sponsor: Camara (D)/Parker (D) | Latest Action: House bill introduced and referred to Committee on Labor 01/29/13

Paid Sick Days

Massachusetts | Sponsor: Khan (D)/Jehlen (D) | Latest Action: Passed Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development 03/15/12

Paid Sick Days

Connecticut | Latest Action: Signed by Governor 07/01/11

Paid Sick Days

California | Sponsor: Ma (D) | Latest Action: Died in Assembly 02/01/12

Paid Sick Days

Vermont | Sponsor: Krowinski (D) | Latest Action: Passed House Committee on General, Housing & Military Affairs 02/11/14

Paid Sick Days

Michigan | Sponsor: Hobbs (D) | Latest Action: Bill introduced and referred to the Committee on Commerce 05/08/13

Paid Sick Days

North Carolina | Sponsor: Adams (D) | Latest Action: Referred to Joint Committee on Commerce & Job Development 02/14/13

Paid Sick Days

Oregon | Sponsor: Dembrow (D)/Keny-Guyer (D) | Latest Action: Public hearing in House Committee on Rules 06/05/13

Paid Sick Days

Alaska | Sponsor: Tarr (D) | Latest Action: Bill introduced and referred to Committee on Labor & Commerce 01/21/14

Paid Sick Days

Vermont | Sponsor: Fox (D) | Latest Action: Bill introduced and referred to Committees on Economic Development and General & Housing Affairs 01/07/14

Paid Sick Days

New Jersey | Sponsor: Lampitt (D)/Weinberg (D) | Latest Action: Senate Bill introduced and referred to Committee on Labor 01/14/14

Paid Sick Days

Hawaii | Sponsor: Takumi (D) | Latest Action: House disagreed with Senate amendment, filed notice of disagreement 04/12/12

Paid Sick Days

California | Sponsor: Gonzalez (D) | Latest Action: Signed by Governor 09/10/14

Paid Sick Days

Connecticut | Sponsor: Lemar (D) | Latest Action: Referred to Joint Committee on Labor & Public Employees 01/19/11

Paid Sick Days

Hawaii | Sponsor: Morikawa (D)/Baker (D) | Latest Action: Senate bill referred to Committees on Judiciary & Labor and Ways & Means 01/21/14

Paid Sick and Safe Time Leave

Arizona | Sponsor: Larkin (D) | Latest Action: Referred to House Committees on Health, Commerce, and Rules: 02/12/14

Paid Sick and Safe Time

Arizona | Sponsor: Tovar (D) | Latest Action: Died upon adjournment 04/20/11

Paid Sick and Safe Leave

Hawaii | Sponsor: Takayama (D)/Chun Oakland (D) | Latest Action: Measure deferred in House Committee 02/05/13

Paid Sick and Safe Leave

Hawaii | Sponsor: Belatti (D)/Tokuda (D) | Latest Action: Measure deferred in House Labor & Employment Committee 02/05/13

Paid Sick and Safe Leave

Hawaii | Sponsor: Takumi (D)/Hee (D) | Latest Action: Passed Senate Committee on Judiciary & Labor with amendments 02/09/12

Statutes

Earned Sick and Safe Leave Amendment Act

District of Columbia | Latest Action: Signed by Mayor 01/02/14

Paid Sick Days

Connecticut

Paid Sick Days

California

Paid Sick Leave

District of Columbia