Time to Care: Earned Sick Leave

 

In Michigan, more than 1.6 million workers and 46% of private sector workers do not get earned sick leave from their employers. Seventy- percent of workers in the lowest paying jobs (those in the bottom 25% of average wages) do not have earned sick leave. Everyone deserves time to get better, without risking their economic security and being forced to choose between their health and their job.
•  90% of employees in the food service industry do not have paid sick days. Over two-thirds of workers in the restaurant industry report cooking, preparing, or serving food while sick.

•  Women are less likely than men to have paid sick days. Many of the workers least likely to have earned sick leave are those who care for our families and loved ones in schools or elder care facilities.