Connecticut First State In The Nation To Mandate Paid Sick Days | Connecticut became the first state in the U.S. to mandate paid sick leave for workers today, with the state House approving a bill requiring service workers to earn one hour of paid sick leave for every forty hours worked. Gov. Dan Malloy (D-CT) intends to sign the bill, saying, “without paid sick leave, frontline service workers — people who serve us food, who care for our children, and who work in hospitals, for example — are forced to go to work sick to keep their jobs. That’s not a choice I’m comfortable having people make under my tenure.” Currently, only the cities of Washington D.C. and San Francisco require workers to receive paid sick leave. The U.S. loses $180 billion in productivity annually due to sick employees attending work and infecting others.