No one should face the impossible choice of caring for their health or getting paid. But millions of working people make this decision every time they get sick or a family member needs care. Almost 90% of all restaurant workers don’t have a single paid sick day to recover from common, short-term illnesses, and two-thirds report cooking, preparing, and serving food while sick.
ROC United supports federal efforts to pass an earned sick day standard, such as The Healthy Families Act:
- Allow workers in businesses with 15 or more employees to earn up to seven job-protected paid sick days each year to be used to recover from their own illness, access preventive care, or provide care for a sick family member.
- Allow workers who are victims of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault to use their paid sick days to recover or seek assistance related to an incident.
- Include a simple method for calculating accrued sick time. Workers would earn a minimum of one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to 56 hours (seven days) per year, unless the employer selects a higher limit.
- Allow employers to require certification if an employee uses more than three paid sick days in a row. For victims of domestic violence, the certification may be from a law enforcement officer or victim advocate.
- Allow employers to continue using their existing policies, as long as they meet the minimums set forth in the Healthy Families Act (for time, types of use, and method of use).