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Paid Sick Days and Restaurant Jobs: The Evidence from San Francisco

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Publication Date: April 2010

Publisher(s): Economic Opportunity Institute

Author(s): Marilyn Watkins


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

Type: Report

Coverage: Washington


Restaurants are among the employers least likely to provide sick leave benefits. Therefore, if minimum paid leave standards effect the number of jobs available, we would expect to see that impact most clearly in the food service industry. However, the data show that the job market in restaurants and bars has been stronger in San Francisco than in the state of California as a whole in every year since San Francisco's sick days law passed.