Access to Paid Sick Time in Minnesota

Jessica Milli, Ph.D., Salina Tulachan

September 12, 2014
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An analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) finds that approximately 41 percent of workers living in Minnesota lack even a single paid sick day. This lack of access is even more pronounced among low-income and part-time workers. Access to paid sick days promotes safe and healthy work environments by reducing the spread of illness and workplace injuries, reduces health care costs, and supports children and families by helping parents to fulfill their caregiving responsibilities. This briefing paper presents estimates of access to paid sick days in Minnesota by sex, race and ethnicity, occupation, part/full-time employment status, and personal earnings through analysis of government data sources, including the 2010–2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and the 2012 American Community Survey (ACS).