Below is an excerpt from the report on some of its key findings.
For workers, survey results find:
- Despite the availability of either five or nine sick days under the PSLO, the typical worker with access used only three paid sick days during the previous year, and one-quarter of employees with access used zero paid sick days.
- More than half of San Francisco employees with access reported benefitting from the PSLO either because their employer became more supportive of usage, the number of sick days provided increased, or they were better able to care for themselves or family members.
- Parents with paid sick days were more than 20 percent less likely to send a child with a contagious disease to school than parents who did not have paid sick days.
- Employer profitability did not suffer. Six out of seven employers did not report any negative effect on profitability as a result of the PSLO.
- Most employers reported no difficulty providing sick days to their employees under the ordinance.
- Employers are supportive. Two-thirds of employers support the PSLO and one-third are “very supportive.”