When you are sick, you shouldn’t go to work. It’s bad for you, your co-workers, and your employer.
While many Americans take paid sick time for granted, 37 million of us can’t stay home when we are sick for fear of losing a day’s pay or even a job. Even fewer workers can take time off when a child or another family member is sick.
A Better Balance is drafting, passing, and implementing laws to guarantee all Americans access to paid sick time when they need it to care for themselves and for their loved ones.
The New York City Earned Sick Time Act
In 2014, New York City created a legal right to sick time for 3.4 million private-sector workers. ABB played a key role in the fight to secure paid sick time for New Yorkers and has worked ever since, representing individuals and educating the public, to ensure the law delivers on its promise.
Paid Sick Time in the States
A growing number of cities and states around the country have passed laws to guarantee that workers can earn a minimum amount of paid sick time to care for themselves and their families. ABB has helped many of these local campaigns with legislative drafting, messaging, and assistance to ensure robust enforcement of the laws.
The Healthy Families Act
The federal paid sick time proposal would guarantee workers nationwide the right to earn up to seven paid sick days a year to address their own health needs or to care for a sick family member.
To learn more about expanding access to paid sick time across the country, visit the ABB Resources section on Paid Sick Time.
Here you’ll get a wealth of information, including:
- A detailed history of state and local paid sick leave victories, starting in 2006
- A comparative chart of paid sick time laws across the country
- Information about sick time rules for federal contractors
- Tools and resources for paid sick days advocates, and updates on active campaigns
- Additional web links, white papers, news articles, and more