Connecticut’s Paid Sick Days Law Goes Into Effect This Week

Back in June, Connecticut became the first state in the nation to mandate paid sick leave for service workers, joining cities like Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Seattle in requiring businesses provide workers with paid time off when they are ill. This week, that law finally went into effect, which, as Family Values at Work noted, “means those who serve our food and care for the young and the frail will not have to put the public at risk when they’re ill.” Each year, the U.S. economy loses $180 billion in productivity due to sick employees attending work and infecting others. According to a recent study, lack of paid sick leave led to millions of additional cases of H1N1 flu in 2009.