Raising the Floor: A Review of Paid Sick Days Laws for California (Report)

There is overwhelming popular support for laws that guarantee a certain number of paid sick days for all employees. Moreover, research suggests that sick day laws may improve productivity, protect vulnerable employees in low-income industries, and support public health by preventing the spread of contagious illnesses.

Based on this evidence, seven local jurisdictions and one state have implemented paid sick day laws. With the introduction of the “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act” (AB 1522, Gonzalez), California is in a unique position to become a national leader on paid sick days. The legislation would provide a basic level of three paid sick days per year to nearly every working Californian, without risking employment or income.

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