Paid sick day bills address the need for some paid time off for short-term illnesses, routine medical appointments, and to care for sick family members. There are two paid sick day models: a minimum standard that ensures employees are guaranteed a certain number of paid sick days and a flexibility standard that allows employees to use accrued sick days to care for sick family members. States have successfully enacted legislation that guarantees employees the right to use their accrued paid sick leave or other paid leave to care for sick family members. Bills that aim to establish both flexibility and minimum standards are gaining traction.

National Partnership for Women & Families (2005). Where families matter: State progress toward valuing America’s families. A summary of 2005 initiatives. Washington, D.C.: National Partnership for Women & Families.