3Center or American Progress | Paid Sick Days
Workers without paid sick leave are 1.5 times more likely to go to work sick and con-tagious than those who have paid sick days.
For insance, 90 percen o employeesin he ood service indusry do no have paid sick days.
Seveny percen o womenand 67 percen o men in he resauran indusry repor cooking, preparing, or servingood while sick. Moreover, many o he workers leas likely o have paid sick days arehose who care or our amilies and loved ones in schools or elder care aciliies.
Employers have little to lose and much to gain from granting paid sick days.
A sudy o Connecicu’s policy mandaing ve days o sick leave ound ha ull use o hisleave would cos an employer only 0.4 percen o heir sales revenue on average.
Wihou paid sick days, employees come o work unhealhy, cosing employers $160 billion per year due o lower produciviy levels.
Workers who have paid sick days don’t abuse them.
On average, workers who arecovered ake 3.9 days per year or illness and 1.3 days o care or sick amily members, while workers wihou sick days ake an average o 3 days per year.
The United States is the only developed country that doesn’t guarantee paid sick leave.
Tis hurs boh our economy and U.S. workers. As wage growh has sagnaed, benes such as paid sick days have become all he more imporan o ensuring work-ers can say ou o povery and in he middle class.
Some states and municipalities are seeing the benefits of paid sick days.
Across hecounry, campaigns are underway o make paid sick leave a realiy or all Americans.
San Francisco, he rs localiy o guaranee paid sick days, experienced ew problems wih is policy and is economy grew aser han hose o surrounding ciies once paidsick days were in place.
Americans want a paid sick day policy.
Tree-quarers o aduls suppor a policy giving employees a minimum number o paid sick days.
Niney percen o adulssuppor a specic proposal allowing up o seven paid sick days per year.
The Healthy Families Act would provide workers with the right to up to seven job-protected paid sick days per year to recover from their own short-term illnesses or tocare for an ill family member.
Sen. om Harkin’s (D-IA) Rebuild America Ac wouldalso implemen paid sick leave, helping working Americans enjoy job securiy whilesrenghening he middle class.
Te botom line: Our naion’s new work and amily responsibiliies require paid sick days or he good o employers, employees, and heir amilies.
Jane Farrell is a Research Assistant for Economic Policy at American Progress. JoannaVenator is an intern at the Center.