Letters: Making Paid Sick Time The Law Helps Families (September 15, 2017)

By: Rhiannon Broschat, Chicago Sun-Times

With another school year underway, cold and flu season is just right around the corner. Our kids are sharing toys, learning in close quarters and getting sick is practically unavoidable when these germs follow them home. Thanks to the Chicago City Council and county commissioners who took concrete steps this year to make paid sick time the law, working parents won’t have to worry about missing a day’s pay if they can’t go to work when their child is at home sick.

As of July 1, Chicago and Cook County now have paid sick time laws on the books, allowing all workers to earn paid sick days to use if they or a family member is sick. As a working single mom, I know firsthand how big a victory this is for workers with school-age kids.