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Paid Sick Days Legislation: A Legislator's Guide

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Publication Date: October 2006

Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Laura Boyd; Jodie Levin-Epstein

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Labor (Labor conditions, wages, salaries, and benefits)

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Unlike most of the nations of the world, the U.S. has no national paid sick days policy. But lawmakers are starting to address the issue at the local and state levels. This guide, a joint publication of CLASP and the Women LegislatorsÂ’ Lobby, is intended to help legislators think through the provisions that make up paid sick days legislation. It identifies ten primary issues to consider when moving from a hypothetical idea to concrete legislation, and it offers several possible options for addressing each.