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Businesses Large and Small Support the Healthy Families Act:

For Immediate Release: 
March 15, 2017

“Access to paid sick time should not be based on living in the right state or winning the boss lottery”

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Bob Keener

WASHINGTON, DC (March 15, 2017)– Today, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which with its member organizations represents more than 250,000 businesses,  applauds U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) for reintroducing the Healthy Families Act – legislation to establish a national paid sick days standard.

“Customers and co-workers don’t deserve to have people spreading disease, but safety and sanitation are always at risk when workers are forced to come to work sick because their family can’t pay the rent if they miss even a day’s pay,” asserts Christine Cikowski, Owner of the popular Chicago restaurant Honey Butter Fried Chicken.

“Access to paid sick time should not be based on living in the right state or winning the boss lottery,” said Julia Watts, Associate Director of Policy for ASBC. “At ASBC, we believe that earned, paid sick time is good for workers and business. The time for a federal paid sick days law is now. We applaud the members of Congress who have already shown their support for this bill. We urge members of Congress who believe people shouldn’t have to lose a job or risk financial insecurity when illness strikes to co-sponsor the Healthy Families Act and prioritize its passage.”

While taking a sick day to prevent spreading illness may seem like common sense, more than 41 million private sector workers in the United States cannot earn job-protected sick time to use to recover from illness; care for a sick child or family member; attend a school meeting related to a child’s health, disability or special education needs; obtain preventive health services; or seek assistance for domestic violence.

Paid sick days laws now exist, or will soon exist, in nearly 40 jurisdictions across the country, and evidence shows that these policies are working well. Research shows there are significant benefits for working people and their families, businesses and the economy.

ASBC works to promote high-road employment practices, like paid sick time, with its High Road Workplace Project, which asks business owners and executives to sign on to a set of High Road Principles. ASBC is also mobilizing business leaders in RI, MD, and CO to advocate for paid sick and family leave legislation.

The American Sustainable Business Council advocates for policy change and informs business owners and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant, sustainable economy. Through its national member network it represents more than 250,000 business owners, executives and investors from a wide range of industries.