Paid Sick Days In Philadelphia Would Benefit Business, Reduce Health Care Costs

Feb 01, 2013, 10:24 ET from Institute for Women's Policy Research

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Providing paid sick days is expected to save Philadelphia employers over half a million dollars per year, according to a new analysis by the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR). The city's proposed paid sick days legislation under Chapter 9-3300, would not only reduce costs to employers in Philadelphia, but would also reduce the spread of contagious diseases yielding further public health costs savings.

Of the over 543,000 private sector workers in Philadelphia, about 123,900 currently have no paid leave benefits of any kind and are eligible to receive new leave under the proposed new legislation.

"Providing paid sick days makes sense for businesses and it's time to do the right thing to protect workers, reduce the spread of contagious illness, and improve public health," said Barbara Gault, Vice President and Executive Director of IWPR.

Paid sick days can also reduce both business and public health costs by cutting down on the spread of disease at work, helping employers avoid paying for low productivity, holding down nursing-home stays, reducing norovirus outbreaks in nursing homes, and preventing unnecessary hospital emergency department visits.

IWPR's analysis has found that workers typically take fewer paid sick days than they earn, typically missing less than two days of work per year. About half of all workers who are covered by paid sick days plans do not take any days off for illness or injury in a given year.

"This report confirms that earned sick days is smart economically because it saves businesses money, keeps workers in their jobs, and protects protect public health," said Marianne Bellesorte, Senior Director of Policy at Pathways, PA. "Earned sick days is a modest policy that will have a big impact and Philadelphia, and our city's economy will be healthier for it."

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IWPR conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women and their families, promote public dialogue, and strengthen communities and societies. IWPR is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that also works in affiliation with the women's studies and public policy programs at The George Washington University.

SOURCE Institute for Women's Policy Research