As part of our multi-state shared agenda,
the Progressive States Network is working with its partners and leading
experts to promote paid sick days reforms in states across the country.
These reforms will allow parents to take care of sick children and
workers to be more productive, while protecting the overall public
health and preventing transmission of diseases within the workplace.
Fully 86% of the public in polling by the Public Welfare Foundation in 2008 supported enacting laws that guarantee paid sick days for all workers
Written in 2006 by Vicky Lovell for the Institute for Women's Policy Research
Lovell’s issue brief explains how providing paid sick days promotes a healthier, more productive workforce and reduces the spread of disease in the workplace. Inversely, workers who must go to work sick because they lack paid sick days may infect coworkers and customers, increasing work absence and health care spending.
Written in 2007, Jodie Levin-Epstein, Center for Law and Social Policy, Washington, DC. Levin-Epstein’s report examines the public health risks associated with the lack of paid sick days among low-wage accommodation and food industry workers. She argues that providing paid sick days for workers in all sectors would not only benefit workers’ health and their families, but public health, as well.