Paid Sick Days Pay Off

After four years, San Francisco’s paid sick days law – the first in the country – has gained support among employers, who have seen no negative impact on their bottom line. The law has also helped employees, particularly low-wage employees, according to a new report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, based in Washington, DC. The report was prepared, in part, with a grant from the Public Welfare Foundation. 

Since the law was passed, the report calculates that 59,000 employees – or 17 percent of San Francisco’s workforce – now receive paid sick days from employers that did not offer them before. And more than half of employees in the city said that they had benefitted from the law by being better able to care for themselves or family members, among other things. 

While 85 percent of employers surveyed for the report said that their profitability had not suffered as a consequence of the law, nearly 17 percent of employers are still not in compliance with it. 

To view the full report click here.


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