Paid Sick Leave

Paid Sick Leave

More than 44 million workers in the U.S. lack paid sick leave benefits. Workers are faced with the choice of losing income, going to work sick, or facing threats of job loss if they miss a day for a personal or family illness. Many jobs that lack paid sick leave can be found in low wage industries that are particularly vulnerable to disease, including child care, elder care, and food service. San Francisco and Washington D.C. are the only municipalities in the United States that require employers to provide paid sick leave, and Connecticut requires service sector employers to provide the policy to full time, non-salaried workers. Many states and cities are considering establishing paid sick leave legislation.

" [Paid sick leave] is the best public policy for the least cost. Do you want your server coughing over your food?" - Kevin Westlye, executive director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association

"Since we work in such close quarters and often eat/ drink from the same plates, we used to have times when we had so many sick staff we’d have to close. Now, people stay home when they’re ill, thus not infecting the customers OR the other staff members."
- Jennifer Piallat, Owner, Zazie Restaurant in San Francisco

Commentary

Vote for Paid Sick Leave

The Real Agenda Behind Voter Suppression

October 05, 2011

Chamber of Commerce, Wrong Again

May 19, 2011
Is sick leave paid? It should be.

Let sick workers get well, with pay

October 08, 2010
Sick leave

A New Labor Standard: Paid Sick Leave

September 03, 2010

Cry Wolf Quotes

Where we are headed for, you are not going to see those cool, little local restaurants. You are going to see a bunch of corporate restaurants, and the rest of the city is going to look like the restaurant dynamic on Fisherman’s Wharf.

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Eric Rubin, a managing partner in the restaurant Tres Agaves, The San Francisco Chronicle.

Any time the government is mandating something and creates an extra burden on business, it becomes another regulatory tax and raises costs.

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Steve Caughran, owner of a printing shop outside Fresno, California, The New York Times.
12/05/2006 | Full Details | Law(s): Healthy Families Act

Proposition F Sticks it to Neighborhood Businesses….Like kids in a candy store, our Supervisors never tire of gobbling up every bad idea that some special interest group dangles before them, particularly when it means hurting productive people who pay taxes.

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San Francisco Republican Party Chairman Mike DeNunzio.

San Francisco Supervisors never tire of over-regulating small businesses, and then cry over the intrusion of national chains that can financially absorb their absurd labor regulations. The Supervisors are not helping workers, they are writing a recipe for empty storefronts.

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San Francisco Republican Party Chairman Mike DeNunzio.

Evidence

Backgrounders & Briefs

Serving While Sick: High Risks and Low Benefits for the Nation’s Restaurant Workforce, and Their Impact on the Consumer

87.7 percent of restaurant workers report that they have no access to paid sick leave.

The Work, Family and Equity Index: How Does the United States Measure Up?

The Project on Global Working Families is a study that measures worldwide social safety nets.

Resources

Institute for Women’s Policy Research is a prominent think tank that is largely focused on American women's issues. This covers everything from pay equity to welfare reform to domestic violence.

MomsRising focuses on "bringing important motherhood and family issues."

The National Partnership for Women and Families leads the national fight for paid sick days and paid family and medical leave.

Family Values at Work is a advocacy network that fights for family and sick leave policies across the U.S.