Estimating Usage and Costs of Alternative Policies to Provide Paid Sick Days in the United States

IMPAQ International, Institute for Women's Policy Research

January 19, 2017
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This brief explores the costs and benefits of alternative sick days policies applied at the national level: San Francisco’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, the Vermont Act, and the proposed federal Healthy Families Act.

  • –Under three national paid sick days policies, paid and unpaid leaves taken increase from 9 to 13 percent.
  • –The cost of new paid sick days taken ranges from 0.10 to 0.29 percent of payroll across the three different models.
  • –Under all policies, workers take fewer than the maximum amount of paid sick days available.