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In November 2006, the voters of San Francisco made their city the first jurisdiction in the country to pass a paid sick days ordinance, passing Proposition F by 61 percent. The ordinance went into effect in February 2007, allowing all workers to earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked.
More than 260,000 West Virginia workers - about 47 percent of the state's private sector workforce - are not able to take a paid sick day when they are ill.
More than 970,000 Tennessee workers - about 46 percent of the state's private sector workforce - are not able to take a paid sick day when they are ill.
Nearly 660,000 South Carolina workers - about 45 percent of the state's private-sector workforce - are not able to take a paid sick day when they are ill.
More than 290,000 Nebraska workers - about 42 percent of the state's private sector workforce - are not able to take a paid sick day when they are ill.
Paid Sick Days are Necessary for LGBT Families
Nearly 40 million private-sector workers in the United States don’t have a single paid sick day to recover from an illness or to care for a sick family member.
Millions of Americans who are elderly, disabled, or chronically ill rely on family caregivers, as do our nation's children. Many of these family caregivers are struggling to manage both their caregiving responsibilities and the jobs they need to support their families.
Nationwide, nearly forty percent of workers—and more than half of Hispanic workers—lack access to paid time off from work when they are ill. Passing the Healthy Families Act, proposed federal legislation that would give workers access to paid sick time, would provide paid sick days access to an additional 30 million workers, including an additional 5.6 million Latino workers.
Key findings from the 2010 NORC/Public Welfare Foundation national survey on Paid Sick Days
Sample Survey For Parents Following Discussion at a PTA Meeting
Dear Elected Official, As our state approaches back-to-school and flu season, I want to call your attention to the state’s failure to put in place a paid sick days standard – and the very real threat that poses to the health of our children, schools and communities when working parents cannot earn paid sick days.
We all want what's best for our kids. Both parents and educators know firsthand the importance of keeping children healthy, and access to paid sick days for parents can make a real difference.
Fall is challenging for any working parent. Summer is over. Kids are headed back to school – and flu season is around the corner.
Estimate the cost and savings of a minimum paid sick days standard
This guide provides step-by-step instructions for extracting data from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages on the BLS website.
Suggested Questions for PTA Meetings and other Parent/School Gatherings
Coverage: All employers, regardless of size, are covered.
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