Support Paid Sick Days for All Families
The Healthy Families Act will guarantee up to seven paid sick days per year to employees in the U.S. who work for companies with 15 employees or more. Research from the National Partnership for Women and Families shows that paid sick days are good for kids, the economy, and public health. They reduce the amount of time kids remain sick, the chances of spreading infections to other kids, and the stress on parents forced to choose between their family's health and their income. Please lend your voice to this important bill now.
What you need to know:
- Almost 40 percent of the private-sector workforce and nearly 80 percent of minimum-wage workers do not have paid sick days to care for themselves, and millions of employees do not have paid leave to care for a sick child.
- Parents with paid sick days are 20 percent less likely to send a sick child to school or child care.
- More than one in four parents of a child who suffers from asthma (28 percent) have missed one of their child's medical appointments because they were not able to take time off work.
- Among adults in the U.S., 23 percent report that they've lost their jobs or been threatened with losing their jobs for taking time off work to care for sick children or relatives.
- People without paid sick days are twice as likely to use emergency room care instead of typical medical care for themselves than people with paid sick days and are five times more likely to use it for their sick kids, adding $1.1 billion in annual avoidable health care costs.
- Among voters in the U.S., 88 percent say they want all workers to have paid sick days.
- A growing number of jurisdictions, including five states (California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Vermont), plus the District of Columbia have approved paid sick days of between three and five days per year for different types of employees.
What the Healthy Families Act does:
- Guarantees employees in the U.S. who work for businesses with 15 or more employees up to seven days of paid sick leave.
- Allows victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking to use their paid sick days to recover or find help dealing with these issues.
- Provides economic security to working families by ensuring them steady income and protecting their jobs during sick days.
- Reduces the spread of illness at work, at school, and in child care settings
- Decreases unnecessary health care costs, such as emergency room visits
The Healthy Families Act was just reintroduced in Congress. You can make a difference for kids by building support for the bill today.
Learn more about it and take action now, because having to choose between your sick child and a day of pay is no choice at all.