Personal care & services:
child care, manicurists
Without paid sick days, tight finances force parents to send ill children to school or leave them home alone. Earned sick leave enables parents to look after their kids, preventing illnesses from spreading in schools and day care centers.
Allowing sick employees to rest reduces workplace injuries and gets workers back to their peak performance faster. And when contagious employees stay home, it helps keep the rest of the workforce healthy. That all adds up to improved productivity and greater profits.
Earned sick leave allows workers to visit their doctor and get well, rather than putting off treatment or relying on after-hours emergency rooms. Sick days also help family members care for elderly or disabled relatives, minimizing the need for nursing homes or formal care. That reduces the use of expensive medical services and frees up money to grow our economy.