Earned Sick Days Across The Country


San Francisco
In November 2006, the voters of San Francisco made their city the first jurisdiction in the country to pass a paid sick days ordinance and the law went into effect in June of 2007.

Under this law, workers are able to earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. Workers in businesses with 10 or fewer employees earn up to five days per year, while workers at larger businesses earn nine days per year. The time can be used to care for a sick child, partner or designated loved one.

More than two in three businesses in San Francisco support their city’s paid sick days law and six in seven employers report no negative impact on profitability.

The city experienced better job growth than 5 surrounding counties without earned sick time.


Washington DC
On March 4, 2008, the Washington, D.C. Council voted unanimously to pass legislation to provide workers in the District with paid sick and safe days. The bill went into effect in November 2008.

Workers in Washington, DC earn paid sick days to recover from illness, to care for a sick family member, to seek routine or preventative medical care, or to obtain assistance related to domestic violence or sexual assault.

Workers in businesses with 24 or fewer employees will earn up to three days of paid sick time, workers in businesses with 24-99 employees will earn up to five days of paid sick time, and workers in businesses with 100 or more employees will earn up to seven days of paid sick time.


On June 4, 2011, Connecticut became the first state to pass a statewide paid sick days bill.

The Department of Labor reports that since the passage of paid sick days in 2011, employment has grown in Connecticut’s Leisure and Hospitality and Education and Health Services sectors, the two most impacted by the new law.

In September 2011, the Seattle City Council passed and Mayor Michael McGinn signed the city’s paid sick days law. Workers were able to begin taking leave under the law as of September 2012.

A preliminary report by a small business group in Seattle showed that King County has continued to outpace the state in job growth since the paid sick and safe leave ordinance was passed, and Seattle has maintained its share of revenues and businesses, including in the retail and restaurant sectors.


In 2013, when the second Philadelphia paid sick days standard was voted on, Portland, OR; New York City, and Jersey City, NJ, adopted paid sick days laws.


In 2014, the following cities and states passed paid sick days laws or voted yes on paid sick days ballot measures: Newark, NJ; Eugene, OR; San Diego; California; Passaic, NJ; Paterson, NJ; East Orange, NJ; Irvington, NJ; Massachusetts; Oakland, CA; Montclair, NJ; and Trenton, NJ.

To learn about these and other campaigns please visit The National Partnership for Women and Families.
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