In 2007, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to implement paid sick days legislation, allowing all workers the opportunity to stay home with a sick child or to recover from their own illness – without risking their paycheck.
Since then, 13 other cities have adopted minimum sick and safe leave standards: East Orange, NJ; Eugene, OR: Irvington, NJ; Jersey City, NJ, New York, NY; Newark, NJ; Passaic, NJ; Patterson, NJ; Portland, OR; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; SeaTac, WA; and Washington, DC. Two states, Connecticut and California, have also adopted broad minimum sick and safe leave standards.
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.