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Business Leaders Express Support for Administration Proposals for Earned Sick Days and Medical Leave as Good for Business and the Economy

For Immediate Release: 
January 15, 2015
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Bob Keener

WASHINGTON, DC (January 15, 2015)—Today, in support of President Obama’s announcement of proposals to allow employees to earn paid sick days and have access to family medical leave insurance, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which represents more than 200,000 businesses, endorsed the proposals as improving the productivity of the U.S. workforce.

The following statement is by David Levine, President and CEO of ASBC:

"These much-needed policies will help American businesses save money, protect their employees and improve the productivity of the nation’s workforce. In fact, they are already available in many forward-thinking companies. Making them law, sets a minimum standard for all businesses to operate from and puts the county on competitive footing with the rest of the developed world. We wholeheartedly support President Obama’s call for action on these policies.”

ASBC has been actively supporting both earned sick days and family medical leave insurance and is currently gathering business signatures for legislation for family medical leave insurance.

Among the businesses that have signed is EILEEN FISHER. Amy Hall, who directs the company’s social responsibility programs, said, “EILEEN FISHER is proud to support legislation for family medical leave insurance. The company is committed to our employees, through a strong family and medical leave policy as well as other key benefits that put our employees first. As a result of these efforts we have greatly prospered. We know this important legislation will help employees and businesses across the country to thrive."

Another company that signed the ASBC petition is UncommonGoods. Founder and CEO David Bolotsky said, “Paid family leave insurance should be in every business model and the benefit is clear: a more productive workforce leads to a better bottom line. When workers succeed, businesses succeed and the FAMILY Act will help make this happen.”

The American Sustainable Business Council represents member organizations that span more than 200,000 businesses nationwide, and more than 325,000 entrepreneurs, executives, managers and investors. The Council informs policy makers and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant and sustainable economy.