Get the Facts on Paid Sick Days

In North Carolina, nearly half of the state’s private workforce lack paid sick days.  Currently, there is no federal or state law that ensures that workers can earn paid sick days. 

Paid sick days enhance public health and lower public health costs.
When employees go to work sick, their germs become our germs.  Hundreds of thousands of North Carolina employees without sick days work in the food service, health care, and retail sectors.  They prepare our food, sell our groceries, and care for the sick and elderly.  Infectious illness is particularly harmful in institutional settings like schools and nursing homes, where vulnerable populations are in close contact.

Paid sick days support economic security.
For too many workers, losing a day’s pay (or even a job) is as easy as catching a cold.  Missing a day’s pay to take a child to the doctor could mean missing a mortgage payment or falling deeper into debt.  Especially in these economic times, just a few paid sick days a year can provide working families a much-needed measure of economic security.

Paid sick days are smart business.
By allowing employees to earn paid sick time, employers can increase productivity at the workplace and save money in the long run.  Employees who come to work sick are less productive and recover slower.  They’re also likely to get their co-workers sick, which reduces productivity and increases absenteeism.  Paid sick days help retain good employees and keep turnover costs low.

© The NC Justice Center
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