FAQs

Do other states and communities have sick day laws?

Five states and 26 cities have passed earned sick days laws, helping over 11 million people. Currently, 49 percent of private-sector workers in Montana do not have access to paid sick days through their employers. Passing a sick days law would provide these workers the opportunity to earn a minimum number of sick days each year and be able to remain financially secure when they need to care for themselves and loved ones.

How do sick days support the public health?

Nearly 80% of food service workers have no access to sick days.

Paid sick days keep workplaces healthier by preventing the spread of disease to others.

How do sick days support businesses and our economy?

When working families have a reliable income that they can count on, regardless of unexpected illnesses, this money flows back into our local economies.

How does earning sick days support working families in Montana?

For a low-income family, going just 3.5 days without wages can cost the same as a month’s worth of groceries.

Sick days help parents remain financially secure while balancing home and work demands.

How would sick days work?

Sick days are workplace protections passed by either a state law or local ordinance. If passed in Montana, a policy would guarantee that workers could earn a few sick days each year. Unlike paid family and medical leave, sick days policies are for short-term illnesses or injuries and would not require the creation of an insurance pool to fund the program.

What are sick days?

Everyone gets sick from time to time. Living in Montana, we know that especially during the winter, a cold or the flu is inevitable. All workers and their families need paid sick days to give them time to visit a doctor, recover from illness, or support a sick child or loved one without sacrificing their wages or their job.

What should Montana consider in its paid leave program?

Montana has the opportunity to learn from other states and consider a program that will provide the greatest amount of assistance to businesses and workers.

What does paid leave look like in other states?

Four states have enacted statewide paid family and medical leave programs, and dozens of other states are considering similar proposals.

Don’t workers already get time off when they’re sick or have children?

Only 13 percent of American workers have access to paid family leave through their employers.

How does investing in paid leave support businesses?

A statewide paid leave program helps businesses attract and retain skilled workers.