Earned Sick Days Across The Country

In 2013, legislation was introduced by Councilman Greenlee in Philadelphia to ensure that all workers in the city have access to earned sick days.  This legislation, Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces, would give workers the opportunity to earn one hour of sick time for every forty hours worked, up to 56 hours for large businesses and 32 hours for small businesses. Legislation was previously passed by City Council in 2011, but was vetoed by Mayor Nutter.

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

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.

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.

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.

Seattle’s paid sick days law will allow workers to earn paid sick leave to use for their own
illness, injury or preventive care; for the health needs of a family member; to deal with
the consequences of domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking; or if their place of
business, or a child’s school or place of care, is closed due to a public health emergency.

Workers in businesses with five to 49 full-time employees will be able to earn up to five
days of sick leave annually; workers in businesses with between 50 and 249 full-time
employees will be able to earn up to seven days annually; and workers in larger
businesses will be able to earn up to nine days annually. Workers in “micro-businesses”
(with fewer than five full-time employees) will not be covered.

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