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Sarah Fleisch Fink, General Counsel

From the desk of ... Sarah Fleisch Fink

Access to Paid Sick Days Reaches Record High, But Stark Disparities and Threats Persist

July 27, 2018

A record number of people in this country – 71 percent of private sector workers – now have access to paid sick days, but shameful disparities continue.

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From the desk of ... Alex Baptiste, National Partnership

Paid Sick Days Promote Women’s Health

May 16, 2018

As we mark National Women’s Health Week, it’s important to remember that millions of women cannot earn paid sick days, which would help them care for themselves and their families.

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Sarah Fleisch Fink, General Counsel

From the desk of ... Sarah Fleisch Fink

And Then There Were 10: New Jersey’s New Governor Signs Paid Sick Days Bill Into Law

May 2, 2018

Today, Gov. Phil Murphy signed the Earned Sick and Safe Days Act, making New Jersey the 10th state to enact a paid sick days law and extending the right to earn paid sick days to an additional 1.2 million workers.

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Sarah Fleisch Fink, General Counsel

From the desk of ... Sarah Fleisch Fink

Resisting Attacks From Corporate Interests, Advocates in Austin Win Paid Sick Days

February 16, 2018

The Austin City Council approved a paid sick days ordinance this week. When signed into law, the new measure will guarantee paid sick days for more than 210,000 Austinites who currently cannot earn such time.

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Sarah Fleisch Fink, General Counsel

From the desk of ... Sarah Fleisch Fink

Persistence Pays Off: Maryland Advocates, Lawmakers Secure Nation’s Ninth Statewide Paid Sick Days Law

January 12, 2018

The Maryland legislature voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of the Healthy Working Families Act this week, which means Maryland will soon become the ninth state with a paid sick days law. Hundreds of thousands of Marylanders will gain access to paid sick days.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

New Federal Proposal Would Take Away Hard-Fought Paid Sick Days Protections

November 3, 2017

Federal lawmakers seek to thwart paid sick days progress and undermine state and local victories through a new bill introduced this week. Contrary to proponents’ claims, the so-called Workflex in the 21st Century Act – H.R. 4219 – would not guarantee paid sick days and could actually make it less certain that working people have the sick time they need.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Paid Sick Days are Critical for Workers’ Mental Health Too

October 10, 2017

World Mental Health Day offers an opportunity to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness. It is also a reminder of the need to promote policies, such as paid sick days, that would help those living with a mental illness.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Rhode Island Becomes Eighth State With a Paid Sick Days Law

September 28, 2017

Gov. Gina Raimondo signed the Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act today, making Rhode Island the eighth state to enact a paid sick days law and bringing the national total to 40 jurisdictions with such laws nationwide. Some 100,000 Rhode Islanders will gain the right to earn paid sick time when the law takes effect in July.

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

New School Year, Same Uncertainty for Parents Without Paid Sick Days

September 7, 2017

For kids, heading back to school can be an anxious and exciting time – figuring out new routines, adjusting to different teachers and classmates and navigating changes in social and academic environments... Employed parents stress about changes too, but the millions of moms, dads and caregivers without paid sick time also have to worry about cold and flu season and what will happen if their kids get sick.

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From the desk of ... Alex Baptiste, National Partnership

Historic Progress: 68 Percent of Private Sector Workers Now Have Paid Sick Days

July 24, 2017

New government data show that, in just two years, the share of people working for private sector businesses in the United States who can earn paid sick time has increased dramaticallyto nearly 79 million private sector workers.

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From the desk of ... Sarah Fleisch Fink and Alex Baptiste, National Partnership

Reasons to Celebrate: New Paid Sick Days Laws, Anniversaries and Growing Support

July 6, 2017

As summer officially kicks off and state legislative sessions come to a close, there's much to celebrate in the effort to increase access to paid sick days. Five new laws that will guarantee nearly two million more workers the right to earn paid sick time took effect July 1.

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Maryland Senate Makes History

March 16, 2017

The Maryland Senate has approved a statewide paid sick days standard, bringing the state the closest it has ever been to joining the nearly 40 jurisdictions across the country with paid sick days laws. This is a historic advance for Marylanders, as well as advocates and lawmakers who have been working for years to secure such a standard.

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National Partnership Staff

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Most Women in the Fast Food Industry Can’t Earn Paid Sick Days, Have Gone to Work Sick

November 22, 2016

Data from a new national survey reveal seven in 10 women working in the fast food industry say they have gone to work with symptoms of illness. Only 14 percent of women in the industry, and a mere 6 percent of women who are paid less than $9 per hour, say they have access to paid sick days. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Voters in Arizona and Washington Choose Paid Sick Days

November 16, 2016

Capping off an already historic year of progress for paid sick days, voters in Arizona and Washington approved ballot measures last week that will mean the nation will soon have seven statewide paid sick days laws. Thirty-nine jurisdictions now do – or will soon – guarantee workers the right to earn paid sick time, and efforts to protect and build upon these victories has become even more important.

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From the desk of ... Julia Kortrey and Christine Sloane, National Partnership

Affordable Health Care and Paid Sick Days Go Hand in Hand

November 4, 2016

This week marks the start of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act – a historic advance that has made more affordable, comprehensive health insurance coverage available to millions more consumers. But increasing access to health coverage addresses only one barrier to health care in this country. Paid sick days access is essential too. 

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

Momentum in Minnesota: 68,300 Workers in St. Paul Will Gain Paid Sick Days

September 13, 2016

The St. Paul City Council unanimously approved a paid sick days ordinance on September 7. When fully implemented, the law will guarantee approximately 68,300 additional private sector workers in the city the right to earn paid sick time. This is the second paid sick days win in Minnesota this year, following Minneapolis’s victory in May. Advocates now have their sights set on making Duluth next.  

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

Paid Sick Days Advocates Help Bring Paid Sick Days Access to All-Time High

July 27, 2016

New data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal that the tireless work of paid sick days advocates and thoughtful lawmakers across the country is making a real difference. Sixty-four percent of private sector workers can now earn paid sick time, compared to 61 percent in 2015. That is the highest share on record – and it means millions more workers have gained access to paid sick days.

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Paid Sick Days Victory in the Third Largest City in the Nation

June 22, 2016

Chicago took a major step toward becoming the 34th jurisdiction in the country with a paid sick days law today, following unanimous approval by the city council. Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has pledged to sign the ordinance. When it takes effect on July 1, 2017, more than 460,000 workers will newly gain the right to earn paid sick time. And the nation’s three most populous cities will guarantee this common sense protection. 

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Vicki Shabo, Vice President

From the desk of ... Vicki Shabo

Promising Paid Sick Time News for Nearly 830,000 More Workers

February 24, 2016

Right on schedule, the U.S. Department of Labor today proposed a rule that will ultimately give 828,000 workers who service federal contracts expanded access to paid sick time, including nearly 437,000 workers who are currently not guaranteed a single paid sick day. This is a much-needed and encouraging step toward implementing the executive order President Obama issued on Labor Day. 

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From the desk of ... Christine Sloane

After Yearslong Battle, Victory in Vermont!

February 17, 2016

Today, by a vote of 81 to 64, the Vermont House of Representatives reaffirmed its support for a statewide paid sick days bill and sent the proposal to the governor, who supports it. The hard-fought victory means Vermont will soon be the fifth state in the nation to guarantee paid sick days.

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