Family-friendly workplace policies like paid sick days are among the lowest cost benefits employers can offer. Yet, without legislative action, the recession will result in fewer workers able to balance the demands of work and family.
86% of the public favors legislation that would mandate seven paid sick days per year for all employers, according to study sponsored by the Public Welfare Fund in collaboration with the National Partnership of Women and Families. Even when the public is asked about mandating nine paid sick days per year, 71% still support the proposed legislation. The study found that paid sick days legislation enjoys deep public support across all demographics and political leanings, including large majorities of Republicans as well as Democrats.