The legislation, the Healthy Families, Healthy Workplaces Act of 2008 (AB 2716), has passed in the State Assembly and is currently being considered by the State Senate. It appears be one of the first such studies of a state-level labor policy.
A Health Impact Assessment of the California Healthy Families, Healthy Workplaces Act of 2008 finds that "substantial evidence indicates that the law would have significant positive public health impacts for workers and for all Californians." The study further documents evidence showing that guaranteed paid sick days for all workers would help:
- Reduce the spread of flu;
- Protect the public from diseases carried by sick workers in restaurants and in nursing homes;
- Enable workers to stay home when they need to care for a sick dependent; and
- Prevent hunger and homelessness among low-income workers with severe illnesses.
There was extensive press coverage of the HIA and the proposed law, in print and radio media, include major California newpapers and on NPR. The HIA has contributed to framing of the paid sick days laws as health policy.
To access the summary or the full report, visit: http://humanimpact.org/PSD/
Courtesy of Rajiv Bhatia