For nearly 2 million people working in Michigan losing a day’s pay, or their job, is as easy as catching a cold.
But allowing everyone working in Michigan to earn paid sick time helps businesses keep workplaces healthier, reduces turnover, and improves productivity. Plus, employees who earn paid sick days recover faster from illnesses, get timely medical care and rely less on emergency room care, cutting health care costs. And with more money in their pockets to buy essentials, they support the local economy.
A common sense standard for paid sick days is good for business and the economy, good for public health, and good for Michigan families. Here’s how:
- Paid sick day laws are good for business & the economy. Paid sick days promote workforce stability, reduce the high costs associated with turnover, and increase productivity by reducing the spread of illness within workplaces and by ensuring that employees are healthy and ready to work. They also contribute to a strong local economy where everyone in our state has money to spend on essentials, increasing local consumer demand.
- Paid sick days are good for public health. Michiganians who can’t earn sick days are heavily concentrated in jobs that require a high level of interaction with the public — the people who serve and prepare our food, look after our children, and care for the elderly. 75% of low wage earners in the hospitality and food industries don’t have access to earned paid sick time When they feel compelled to work sick, it’s not just their health that’s at risk — it’s all of us.
- Paid sick day laws are good for Michigan families. Paid sick days promote family economic security and help all working Michiganians (and their children) to recover from illness more quickly.
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