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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Washington joins growing list of states with paid sick and safe leave for all — and a better minimum wage!

Marilyn Watkins | November 9, 2016

Washington has joined the growing number of states to adopt paid sick and safe leave for a

You have meaningful decisions to make on your ballot

Economic Opportunity Institute | November 3, 2016

Have you had your ballot on the kitchen counter — for almost two weeks now — and still not

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Why it Matters

Policy Success

Paid Sick Days