Additional Information About Paid Sick Days VT

Paid Sick Days and the Seattle Economy: Job growth and business formation at the 1-year anniversary of Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Leave law

  • One year after implementation of Seattle’s paid sick days ordinance, there is no evidence of widespread negative economic impacts.
  • Seattle’s economy continues to recover from the impacts of the recession and is continuing to do so at a stronger pace than the rest of the state or the US as a whole.

Valuing Good Health in Vermont: The Costs and Benefits of Earned Health Care Time

  • 57,530 Private Sector Employees lack any paid time off.
  • Estimated Savings to businesses due to turn over and reduction in flu contagion: $24 million.
  • Estimated Cost to businesses: $23 million.
  • Net gain to businesses: $3 million.
  • Public Health Savings in reduction to Emergency room visits: $ 5 million.

San Francisco’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance: Outcomes for Employers and Employees 

  • Employer profitability did not suffer. After implementation, the study found that six out of seven employers reported no negative profitability.
  • After implementation, two out of three business owners are supportive of the ordinance.
  • Parents with paid sick days are more than 20% less likely to send a child with a contagious disease to school.
  • Despite the availability of between five and nine paid sick days, the typical worker only used three paid sick days.

Vermont Department of Labor 2011 Fringe Benefit Study 

  • In Vermont, 43% of private sector employers are currently offering paid sick time.
  • In Vermont, 75% of private sector employers are currently offering some form of paid time off.

Impact of Paid Sick Days on the Elementary Population 

  • Parents with paid sick days or vacation are about five times more likely to take time off to care for their sick child.
  • The likelihood that a child saw a doctor in the past year if his or her parent had three or more paid sick days was at least 87%. Conversely, if the family rarely had a parent home and had three or less paid sick days, their child had a well child check up only 72% of the time.
  • Families with fewer paid sick days (three or less) indicated greater difficulty in taking children to physician visits than those that had more than three paid sick days. (34.4 to 13.1 %)

Paid Sick Days and Cancer Screening


2013 Policies to Reduce Influenza in the Workplace–Impact Assessments Using an Agent-Based Model



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98% of Vermont’s children have health insurance. [more]

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