Tanya Goldman testified to a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee explaining the necessity, the economic benefits, and the broad support in the states for paid sick days and The Healthy Families Act--particularly in light of the COVID-19 crisis.
The National Compensation Survey contains data on workers' access to benefits including paid sick leave and paid family leave. Despite slight gains, low-wage and part-time workers have disparately less access to these benefits than full-time, high-wage workers.
Low-wage workers and their families need federal workplace standards like the Schedules that Work Act, which would provide fair scheduling protections, and the Healthy Families Act, which would establish a paid sick days standard. These policies strengthen economic security. H.R. 4219 is not that federal standard.
April is Sexual Assault and Abuse Prevention Month. Advocating for "paid safe days" in paid sick days legislation is one way to provide job protection and financial stability for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
When workers can’t earn paid sick time, they have to choose between recovering from illness and earning a day’s pay—or, in some cases, keeping their jobs. In many instances, the need for income forces workers to report to their shifts sick, unable to work effectively, and likely to infect co-workers and customers.
On November 6, 2015, Elizabeth, NJ, passed the country’s 26th paid sick days (PSD) law, highlighting the momentum of the PSD movement while raising the question of how to enforce these laws effectively.