Paid Sick Leave

Paid sick leave laws

Paid sick leave laws require employers to allow people to take paid time off for illness or injury for themselves or their family members. The quality of cities’ policies is linked to how many family members and what size employer are covered by the law, as well as the number of hours people can earn. Done well, these policies reduce the spread of contagious illnesses, increase employment and income stability, and save cities money in health care costs.

Our assessment of paid sick leave policies includes information about city-specific laws, along with the relevant county- and state-level laws that affect them. This cross-sectional dataset displays laws valid through October 1, 2016, including those passed but not effective until later dates.

The state of paid sick leave policies in big US cities

Seventeen out of 40 cities received a medal for paid sick leave policies, including two golds, four silver, and 11 bronze.


Out of the nation’s 40 largest cities