By Melissa Josephs
Last weekend the Connecticut House followed the lead of the Connecticut Senate by approving the first statewide paid sick days law! Governor Malloy – who made paid sick days a centerpiece of his gubernatorial campaign – will sign the bill soon, giving a broad cross-section of service workers in businesses with 50 or more workers the right to earn up to 40 hours of paid sick time a year for the illness of themselves or their children or spouse, or for medical appointments, and to seek services related to sexual assault or family violence. Now, hundreds of thousands of Connecticut workers will be able to take care of themselves, their children, and their spouse without risking a paycheck or jeopardizing their job.
But we still need the federal Healthy Families Act to be passed – HR 1876 and S984 – which would provide up to 7 paid sick days for workers in businesses with 15 or more workers.
Progressive States Network – Blueprint for Economic Security: Ensuring Job Security by Protecting Workers
National Partnership for Women and Families – Briefing Book on Paid Sick Days
National Opinion Research Center – Paid Sick Days: Attitudes and Experiences
Cry Wolf Project – Exposing Myths About the Economy and Government: Paid Sick Leave
Institute for Women’s Policy Research – San Francisco’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance: Outcomes for Employers and Employees
Institute for Women’s Policy Research – 44 Million U.S. Workers Lacked Paid Sick Days in 2010
Restaurant Opportunities Center – Serving While Sick: High Risks and Low Benefits for the Nation’s Restaurant Workforce, and Their Impact on the Consumer
– Melissa Josephs is Director of Equal Opportunity Policy at Women Employed, an organization that seeks to improve the economic status of women and remove barriers to economic equity.