Earned Paid Sick Time

Parent and doctor with young child

No one should lose their job because of a 48-hour flu. But for too many Michigan workers, a minor illness presents a major dilemma — miss out on a day’s pay in order to recover or go to work sick and miserable and spread illness throughout the workplace.

But if a new ballot proposal becomes law, this dilemma would be a thing of the past. All Michigan workers would earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to a minimum of either 40 or 72 hours of paid sick leave per year depending on the size of their employer. With guaranteed paid sick time, workers can take time off to recover or care for family members.

United Way for Southeastern Michigan is one of many local organizations that have joined a coalition called MI Time To Care, which aims to gather enough signatures to put the measure on the November 2018 ballot.

We work every day to improve Health, Economic Prosperity and Education for everyone in our community. This measure would have positive impact on all three areas. Workers who can take time to care for themselves have an improved level of health and don’t run the risk of losing their job due to an illness. Their children are able to get a better education when they can rest and recover while sick rather than suffer through a school day.

Ensuring that all Michigan workers receive earned paid sick time would:

  • Benefit 1.6 million private sector workers who don’t have access to paid sick leave and 1.5 million Michigan children who live in families in which all parents work.
  • Help low-wage workers who could lose a job because of an illness or a need to care for a family member.
  • Improve employee productivity and morale.
  • Prevent the spread of illness.
  • Reduce chronic absenteeism in schools.

If all workers nationwide had access to earned paid sick time, it’s estimated that 1.3 million emergency room visits would be eliminated each year, saving $1.1 billion annually in costs to individuals, private insurers and public programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

Click here to read more about the impact earned paid sick time would make throughout Michigan, and click here to visit MI Time To Care’s website for further information.

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