University of Wisconsin–Madison

Costs and Benefits of Paid Sick Leave: Reviewing the Research

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States, California, Colorado, District of Columbia
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Health
This policy brief examines the effects of Denver's 2011 Initiative 300 which enables employees to acquire sick time hours depending on the size of their business and how many hours they work. This brief examines the experiences of San Francisco and Washington D.C. in implementing paid sick leave policies. The brief analyzes the issue from public health and economic perspectives. The brief concludes that the direct costs to businesses of a paid-sick-leave law are relatively small and are mitigated in whole or in part by indirect savings due to increased worker productivity and lower employee turnover. In addition, the brief finds that paid sick leave results in improved public health and reduced overall costs to the health care system.

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