Paid Sick Leave in Washington State: Evidence on Employee Outcomes, 2016–2018

Paid Sick Leave in Washington State: Evidence on Employee Outcomes, 2016–2018

Mandated paid sick leave increased access to paid sick leave benefits and led to reductions in employees’ working while sick. However, covered workers did not experience reductions in work–life conflict in the period immediately following passage.

Most Hourly Workers at Large Service Sector Firms Still Lack Paid Sick Leave

Paid sick leave is essential for worker well-being and the public health, yet the United States does not have a federal law guaranteeing workers access to paid sick leave. Rather, paid sick leave remains subject to company discretion and a limited number of state and local laws and varies greatly across occupations. In this brief, we examine the current state of paid sick leave access in the service sector, an industry making up almost a fifth of the United States workforce and containing some of its most vulnerable workers. Over three years since the COVID-19 pandemic first drew broad public...

Mandates Narrow Gender Gaps In Paid Sick Leave Coverage For Low-Wage Workers In The US

Paid sick leave helps workers recover from illness and manage care obligations and protects public health. Yet access to paid sick leave remains limited and unequal in the United States. Drawing on surveys of 61,223 service-sector workers collected during the period 2017–21 by the Shift Project, we documented limited access to paid sick leave and stark gender inequality, with women less likely than men to have paid sick leave. Part-time employment and gender segregation by industry subsector each explain part, but not all, of the gender disparity. However, in states and localities that mandate paid sick leave for workers, workers...

Olive Garden’s Expansion Of Paid Sick Leave During COVID-19 Reduced The Share Of Employees Working While Sick

The COVID-19 pandemic has focused public and policy attention on the acute lack of paid sick leave for service-sector workers in the United States. The lack of paid sick leave is potentially a threat not only to workers’ well-being but also to public health. However, the literature on the effects of paid sick leave in the US is surprisingly limited, in large part because instances of paid sick leave expansion are relatively uncommon. We exploit the fact that large firms in the US were not required to expand paid sick leave during the COVID-19 pandemic but that one casual dining...

Paid sick leave in Washington state: Evidence on employee outcomes, 2016–2018

Mandated paid sick leave increased access to paid sick leave benefits and led to reductions in employees’ working while sick. However, covered workers did not experience reductions in work–life conflict in the period immediately following passage.
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California could transform how fast food workers are treated

The restaurant industry is fighting hard against a labor bill making its way through the California legislature.
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A Key to Returning to Normal Is Paid Sick Leave, Democrats Say

There were a record number of people home sick with Covid in January. Democrats are trying to revive paid pandemic sick leave.
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