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 is working to pass minimum paid sick days standards so no one has to choose between their job and their health.

Research and Publications

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“Proven standards…to protect public health, family economic security, and business prosperity” [VIDEO]

Testimony | February 19, 2015

Marilyn Watkins, EOI’s Policy Director, testifies before the Washington State House Commer

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“Advancing paid sick days and raising the minimum wage boosts our families and our economy” [VIDEO]

Testimony | February 19, 2015

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director of, testifies before the Washin

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Latest Blog Posts

Seattle’s paid sick and safe time ordinance promotes safer families

Economic Opportunity Institute | October 26, 2015

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Seattle Office of Labor Standards is

New survey yields insights into Seattle employees’ experiences with sick and safe leave law

Aaron Keating | September 2, 2015

To gain additional insight into the extent to which lower wage workers in Seattle are awar

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Why it Matters

Policy Success

Paid Sick Days