Health: Massachusetts Adopts Paid Sick Leave

Having the flu might not be so bad after all. Massachusetts has become the third state in the nation to guarantee paid sick days for workers, with voters approving a sick-leave ballot initiative with a final outcome of 60 percent to 40 percent.  “The win sends a strong message to legislators and candidates elsewhere about the political power of paid sick days,” Ellen Bravo, executive director of Family Values@Work, a group that pushes for state sick-leave laws, said of the Massachusetts ballot measure.  Though more employers have started offering paid sick days to their employees, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that roughly 39% of the U.S. private-sector workforce has no paid sick time, with most of those employees working in food or retail industries.  This latest change will likely spread throughout the nation, said Bravo, “Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike didn’t just support paid sick days in Massachusetts, they demanded them.”

Contributor: Phoebe Roe


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