Main Street business owners know that an investment in our employees is an investment in our business.
By providing the opportunity for our employees to earn paid sick days, we know we’re helping to keep our staff happy and healthy, which is critical to all business success—regardless of size.
To date, 10 states and 22 cities or counties have passed paid sick days laws. Main Street small business owners have been a critical voice in winning these important standards.
Paid sick day laws establish a modest floor for paid sick time as a basic work standard, much like workplace safety or the minimum wage. These standards have many benefits for small businesses, from increased productivity to greater workforce stability to lower health care costs.
But the lack of a uniform national standard means 29 percent of the private sector workforce lack access to a single paid sick day -- and often come into work sick rather than risk wages and their jobs.
This is costing small businesses, our employees, our communities, and the country. The loss in productivity to the U.S. economy due to illness in the workplace has been estimated at $150 billion annually, with the majority of this coming from employees going to work while sick.
It’s time for Congress to catch up to the cities and states that have taken action. Passing a national paid sick days standard will help small businesses invest in dedicated employees. We support the Healthy Families Act, sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Sen. Patty Murray, which would allow:
- Up to seven job-protected paid sick days each year for workers at businesses with 15 or more employees
- Up to seven job-protected unpaid sick days each year for workers at businesses with fewer than 15 employees
- Use of sick days to recover from illness, access preventive care, care for a sick family member, attend meetings related to the health or disability of a child
- Use of sick days to recover or seek assistance related to an incident of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault
The Healthy Families Act will be a win-win for Main Street businesses, our employees, and our communities.
Michigan Small Business Alliance Releases Report Highlighting New Earned Paid Sick Time Law’s Implications for Small Business
DETROIT, MI— The Michigan Small Business Alliance held a press call today with State Representative Stephanie Chang to discuss the new earned paid sick time legislation and what small business owners can expect from its implementation.
The Alliance also released a new report today that serves as a guide for small business owners to implement the new law and draw on lessons from other localities that have similar laws. The report highlights the necessity for earned sick time, citing that employees’ access to earned sick time improves overall health and productivity in the workplace, increases employee retention and reduces healthcare costs.Read more
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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