Paid Sick Leave

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40% of private sector workers – over 40 million people – do not have access to paid sick time. 70% low-wage workers whose earnings are in the bottom 25% of earners, lack access to paid sick time. And among those employed in the accommodation and food services, 75% must choose between losing pay and showing up to work sick or leaving a sick child at home alone.
DOL – Get the Facts on Paid Sick Time


Pass a municipal and/or state paid sick leave law for private sector employees similar to other states and cities:

  • Paid sick leave may be used for family members: children; parents; grandchildren; grandparents; spouses; registered domestic partners; siblings; organ donations
  • eligible after 90 days
  • 1 hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked for both full time and part time employees
  • 100% of pay for non-exempt and exempt employees
  • Tipped employees will be paid $7.25 for sick leave hours
  • Law applies to companies with 10 or more employees
  • Workers are entitled to carry forward up to 40 hours of unused paid sick time
  • Workers would be entitled to paid sick leave regardless of age
  • Explore the different possibilities for non-profit employers such as but not limited to number of employees among other things.
  • Cities and/or states could require companies that meet FMLA guidelines to provide 10 paid sick days annually
  • Amend the Texas constitution to allow voters to use paid sick leave to vote in local and state wide elections (similar to 23 states)
  • Allow employees to take up to 5 days of paid sick leave without a doctors note.
  • Make Houston and Texas republicans look stupid by passing 5 days of job-protected, unpaid sick leave for companies with more than 20 employees similar to Alberta


Texas Constitution
Code – Local Government Code
Chapter – 234 County Regulation of Local Businesses and Occupations

Code – Election Code
Chapter – 276 Miscellaneous Offenses and Other Provisions
Section – 276.004 Unlawfully Prohibiting Employee from Voting

CATO – To Grow Our Economy, Start with Paid Leave

Workers’ Access to Paid Sick Days in the States

Think Progress – Ten States Have Banned Cities And Counties From Passing Paid Sick Days

Think Progress – Lawmakers Unanimously Approve Country’s Most Robust Paid Sick Leave Law

Think Progress – Michigan Moves To Block Cities From Increasing Minimum Wage Or Requiring Paid Sick Leave

DOL – Here’s What 6 Businesses Have to Say About Paid Leave

Because 43 million people – nearly 40 percent of the workforce – don’t have a single paid sick day.

Dallas News – Paid sick leave is next fight for low-earning workers

National Partnership – Paid Sick Days Lead to Cost Savings for All

National Partnership – Working sick costs the national economy $160 billion annually in lost productivity

National Partnership – Workers’ Access to Paid Sick Days in the States

Paid Sick Days and Health: Cost Savings from Reduced Emergency Department Visits

The Atlantic – What Makes D.C.’s Universal Leave Plan So Special?

Minneapolis weighs sweeping new rules for sick time, work schedules

CBS – Massachusetts Part-Time Workers Can Start Accruing Paid Sick Time July 1

USA Today – California paid sick leave act goes into effect July 1 for Full Time and Part Time Employees.

City of Seattle – Paid Sick Time and Safe Time Ordinance

Post Gazette – Challenges expected to [Pittsburgh] paid sick leave law

NJ Business Journal – Jersey City passes bill expanding paid sick leave to smallest firms’ workers

Tempe could become first Arizona city to pass paid sick-leave ordinance

Arizona Daily Star – Tucson seeks opinions on plan for sick leave

Spokane City Council overrides veto, requires employers to provide paid sick leave

Legislation to guarantee paid sick leave to (most) Vermont workers to advance

Princeton City Council hears renewed calls for paid sick leave ordinance

Obama official encourages Vermont to adopt paid sick leave bill

McDonalds Employee Benefits

New Jersey – Plainfield passes paid sick leave ordinance

City of San Francisco – Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Lawmakers push sick leave for all New Jersey workers

Baltimore Sun – Paid sick leave bill gains key approval in House

Chicago Tribune – Task force proposes Chicago employers offer 5 days of paid sick leave a year

Chicago Tribune – Proposed ordinance would mandate 5 paid sick days a year in Chicago

Arizona ballot measure eyes $12 minimum wage, paid sick leave

BBC – Who works the longest hours?

FORBES – U.S. The Only Advanced Economy That Does Not Require Employers To Provide Paid Vacation Time, Report Says

Los Angeles – 6 paid sick days for workers in L.A.? City Council says yes

National Law Review – Employers in Chicago Take Note: Impending City Ordinance to Require Paid Sick Leave

National Law Review – Pittsburgh City Council Passes Paid Sick Leave Law

National Law Review – Vermont Becomes Fifth State to Enact Paid Sick Leave

Governor of Puerto Rico Signs Bill to Expand Paid Sick Leave Use

Puerto Rico Employment Law: Six Key Differences US Employers Need to Know

Albuquerque group turns in petition signatures for paid sick day initiative

NPR – Hassle Of Being A Patient Can Turn Into A Crisis Without Sick Leave

Albuquerque Journal – Wrangling over paid sick leave in Albuquerque

Morristown Council weighs paid sick leave for private employees

Twin Cities – St. Paul council member Dai Thao sees paid sick leave in personal terms

Star Tribune – St. Paul approves citywide sick leave ordinance

Chicago Tribune – Cook County approves paid sick leave law, bringing suburbs in line with city

NPR – Minnesota Chamber of Commerce sues Minneapolis over paid sick time mandate

NPR – Several States, Some Employers Help Workers Make Time To Vote

Upworthy – State-By-State: Are You Entitled To Paid Time Off To Vote Today?

Business Journal – Maryland governor plans paid sick leave legislation

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