Paid Sick Days

Everyone gets sick, but not everyone has time to get better.

Paid sick and safe days allow workers to take the incremental time away from work they need to attend to their and their family's health. To date, 10 states and 23 localities across the country have enacted and implemented a paid sick days law allowing workers to take time to attend doctor's appointments, pick up sick children from school, accommodate public health emergencies and businesses or school closures, all with job-protected time they accrue.

Our nation's failure to provide a basic paid sick days standard has never been more apparent and workers and their families are paying the price. More than 34 million people — almost one in three private sector workers — don't have a single paid sick day to recover from common, short-term illnesses. No one should be forced to choose between their or their family's health and a paycheck.

The National Partnership supports the Healthy Families Act, which would provide all eligible workers with seven paid sick days to recover from illness, access preventive care, or care for a sick family member.

New Resources: When abortion care is already hard to access, a lack of paid sick days adds insult to injury. Learn more about the connection between paid sick days and abortion here.

Visit our paid sick days campaign site to find your local paid sick days campaign, learn more about the need for paid sick days, and ways to get involved.


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