Message #1: Paid sick days help strengthen Vermont’s economy


Vermont’s economy is built on stable, tight-knit communities and successful small businesses. Paid sick days are good for Vermonters and Vermont’s businesses.  One of the best ways to get our local economy going is to keep money in the pockets Vermonters so that they can spend it in Vermont; paid sick days help Vermonters keep their jobs and their income when either they or a family member get sick or need to see a doctor.  Vermont business owners who provide paid sick days to their employees report a more stable, reliable, and long-term workforce. Vermont employers know the value of good employees who stay with them and help their businesses grow. This bill ensures that all employers in Vermont provide jobs that build our communities, reflect our values, and support our families.

    • Local retailers rely more than anyone else on a healthy Vermont economy.  Paid sick days translate to greater economic security for all Vermonters, which means a more stable local economy that supports small businesses.

    • Nearly one quarter of adults in the US have been fired or threatened with job loss for taking time off to recover from illness or care for a sick loved one.

    • Economists say job retention policies like paid sick days help reduce unemployment and strengthen the economy.

    • Economies in locations that have implemented paid sick days are doing well.

    • Connecticut enacted the first statewide paid sick days law, and the Department of Labor reports that since the passage of paid sick days in 2011, employment has grown in Connecticut’s Leisure and Hospitality and Education and Health Services sectors, the two most impacted by the new law.

    • More than two in three businesses in San Francisco support their city’s paid sick days law and six in seven employers report no negative impact on profitability. The city experienced better job growth than 5 surrounding counties without earned sick time.

  • In 2011, four years after San Francisco’s sick time law was implemented, PriceWaterhouseCoopers ranked San Francisco as one of the top cities in the world to do business in.  Even the chief lobbyist against the bill in San Francisco changed his position after implementation and told Businessweek it’s “the best public policy for the least cost. Do you want your server coughing over your food?”

  • Small business owners cite lack of sales as the greatest obstacle to recovery. As many employers say, “Your workers are my customers. I need them not to lose a job or paycheck when they’re sick so they can come to my shop.”


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