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Paid Sick Time

When you are sick, you shouldn’t be forced to 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.

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Emergency Paid Sick Leave Tracker: State, City, and County Developments

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, states, cities, and counties throughout the U.S. have acted to protect workers affected by the virus by enacting emergency paid sick leave policies. Visit here to access the growing list of emergency paid sick leave measures at the state and local level.

Interactive Overview of Paid Sick Time Laws in the United States

In the United States, dozens of jurisdictions—including states, cities, and counties—have paid sick time laws on the books. Visit here to access our interactive and customizable comparison of these laws, and see the “Featured Resources” sidebar for more information on the paid sick time laws we’ve helped to pass.

The Healthy Families Act

The proposed Healthy Families Act (S.840 /H.R. 1784) was last reintroduced in the House and Senate in 2019. The bill would guarantee workers the right to earn up to 7 paid sick days a year to address their own health needs or to care for a sick family member. Click here to read more about The Healthy Families Act.

Kin Care Laws

Among private sector workers who do have access to paid sick time, only 30% can use that time to care for a sick child. Ten states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation to address this problem, allowing workers who have paid sick time to use that time to care for a sick family member. Click here to read about Kin Care Laws.

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Workers in the United States lack access to paid sick days

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Food service workers do not have access to paid sick days

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Personal care workers do not have access to paid sick days

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