When workers get sick, they need time to get well. It's common sense. But in New Jersey, some 1.2 million workers- that is more than 1 in 3 of us, do not earn paid sick days. Many of these workers are in low-wage service jobs. They care for our children and the elderly. They prepare and serve food in our restaurants. They can't afford to stay home, even if they are sick. With this in mind, TWELVE New Jersey cities have enacted an earned sick day policy that will provide a basic number of sick days that workers can take to recover from their own illness or to care for a sick family member.
Everyone benefits when workers are able to balance job obligations and family needs. Giving workers earned sick days to take care of themselves and sick family members not only improves outcomes for families and children, but also increases worker morale, productivity and retention. It’s a win-win for all!
Check out these cities that are making the change!
The NJ Time to Care Coalition depends on first hand stories to demonstrate to policy makers why access to earned sick time and family leave insurance is a necessity and basic right, and that workers should be paid decent wages. One of the most important things you can do in this fight is to share your story.
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