As many of you probably know, for the past number of years, I have been working on getting a law passed in Philadelphia for most workers to have the benefit of earned paid sick leave. Presently, approximately 200,000 workers in Philadelphia risk loss of income or loss of job if they stay home sick.
The basics of this bill are as follows:
- A worker would earn 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours they work.
- An employer would have to provide a minimum of 40 hours of sick leave a year (the equivalent of 5 days per year).
- Sick leave could be used to attend to the health needs of the employee or their close relatives.
- Businesses with less than 10 employees would be exempt from providing paid sick leave but would be required to provide unpaid leave.
Similar laws have passed in cities and states around the country including New York City, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Trenton, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Despite the concerns raised there were very minimal negative impacts on businesses in all those places. There is no reason to believe Philadelphia’s results will be different.
In my opinion, in 2015, it is more than reasonable that workers have 5 paid sick days in a year.