Join Us (It's Free)

Keep Informed

Get SMS/text alerts

( )- -

Text alerts by Moms Rising. 4 messages/month. Msg & Data Rates May Apply. Text STOP to quit. For help text HELP or contact txt@mcommons.com.

en Español

Paid Sick Days

Paid sick days are a matter of economic security. No mother should have to choose between her job and taking care of a sick child. We are working to make earned paid sick days a right for all. 

Can you believe it? Four in ten private-sector workers—And 80% of low-wage workers cannot earn a single paid sick day.

This means that people are often forced to choose between working sick and losing pay - or even their jobs. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends staying home when we’re sick with common illnesses like the flu, and keeping sick children out of school. Workers without paid sick days don’t have that option, and we all risk getting sick.

Over 145 countries other countries have paid sick leave. Moms are working to put the US on the map. We've had major wins in New York City, Connecticut, Portland, Seattle and San Francisco and we won't stop until everyone has the ability to earn paid sick days!

Desiree's story

All three of my children were sick this fall, so in all, I missed about two weeks of work to care for my kids.

I get no sick pay, so my paycheck for that period was almost nothing. That caused tremendous hardship for my family. My husband and I live paycheck-to-paycheck right now. We have no choice.

We are trying to pay down debts and make our family financially stable, but it’s a hard road. And it’s made harder because whenever we get sick or our children get sick, we have to decide whether to stay home without pay, or to disregard doctor’s orders and risk getting sicker and infecting others by going to work or school.








 

Share your experience: do you have paid sick days? If not, what impact has that had on your family? If so, how do they help?

Take Action Today!
 

Paid Sick Days on Our Blog

Share Your Birth Story With MomsRising!

Posted August 4, 2017 by Nadia

We need your voice! Click here to share your birth/maternal story with us or share the story of someone you love!   Everyone who becomes pregnant or gives birth should have access to a safe, healthy, and respectful experience. Access to health insurance and quality, equitable health care are a crucial part of this. However, [...]

Breast Pump Hackathon & Policy Summit

Posted April 20, 2018 by Tina Sherman

Hacking breast pumps AND talking public policy solutions to support breastfeeding moms!?!?  I am looking forward to this weekend's Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon & Paid Family Leave Policy Summit!!  I'll be surrounded by moms, babes, engineers, advocates, and innovators all working to support and empower breastfeedings moms.   Back in 2014, the first Hackathon [...]

Paid leave that works for families, business & the economy!

Posted April 22, 2018 by Tina Sherman

I am a planner.  I plan for everything. From my weekly dinner menu to my annual physical, I schedule, prioritize, and plan out every last detail I can. But sometimes the unexpected happens - a family member falls severely ill or a spouse is diagnosed with cancer.  That’s where paid leave comes in.  Paid family [...]

Raising Corporate Awareness of Benefits of Paid Leave

Posted April 3, 2018 by Angela Romei

Over the past several years the conversation about paid leave has launched to new heights. National attention is evident by the more than 300 articles on paid leave surfacing daily. Public policy is also picking up speed with five states and the District of Columbia passing legislation for paid family and medical leave. Yet with [...]

Posted Under: paid family leave
More from the Blog