The United States is the only industrialized country that doesn’t require paid sick leave for workers. Currently, nearly 40 million Americans are reporting to work sick out of fear of losing more hours or even their jobs, and many are in low-wage, part-time jobs in the retail industry.
To date, only 16 cities and three states have passed sick leave laws. While these states and cities should be lauded, all workers deserve access to paid sick leave. Fortunately, legislation has been introduced that addresses sick leave on the national level. The Healthy Families Act would allow millions of American workers to earn up to seven job-protected paid sick days each year.
No one should have to report to work sick because they have no other choice. The Retail Justice Alliance urges Congress to act now and pass Healthy Families Act.