Paid Sick Days

Paid sick days are the responsible way to prevent the spread of disease and keep everyone healthy by encouraging sick workers and children to stay home – away from co-workers, schoolmates, and customers.

Yet an estimated 1 million people working in Washington have no paid sick leave, including many who work in food service, retail and even health care.

Since September 2012, Seattle’s paid sick and safe leave ordinance has ensured that people working in the city can care for their families’ health needs without losing a day’s wages, or their job. An April 2014 evaluation from the University of Washington concluded that the law has significantly increased access to paid sick leave, especially among restaurant workers, and that 70% of business owners are supportive. Over 20 U.S. cities and states have adopted paid sick leave standards. Tacoma became the first city in 2015 to pass a paid sick leave law.

Where It’s Working

Studies from the localities where paid sick days have been in effect the longest show favorable job and business growth rates.

To learn more about paid sick days in your community, visit Family Values @ Work.