Paid Sick Days

We all get sick. But not everyone can stay home when they are contagious. In cities and states without paid sick days standards, 2 of every 5 workers don’t earn a single day of paid sick leave, including many on the front lines of public health and food safety – in restaurants, retail stores, and even health care. EOI was instrumental in formulating the policy for statewide paid sick leave, which was passed with Initiative 1433. Now, all workers are guaranteed one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked, starting in 2018.


Research and Publications

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Testimony by Marilyn Watkins opposing SB 6578 and SSB 6087, limiting paid sick days and minimum wage ordinances

Testimony | February 1, 2016

Testimony of Marilyn Watkins, Economic Opportunity Institute, in opposition to SB 6578 and

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Why Washington Needs Paid Sick Leave

Fact Sheet | January 13, 2016

1. Everyone gets sick – but 1 million Washington workers don’t get a single day of paid si

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Latest Blog Posts

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Finland Doesn’t Leave Survival to the Free Market – We Shouldn’t Either

John Burbank | January 20, 2018

Our state had an important visitor last week. Not a movie mogul, not a billionaire, not a

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Details About Washington’s New Paid Sick Days Law

Marilyn Watkins | December 27, 2017

Communities across Washington will get a boost to health and economic well-being in Januar

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Why it Matters

Policy Success

Paid Sick Days