Taking time off of work to ensure that we and our families are healthy should not require putting our jobs in jeopardy. But nearly 2 million Michiganders are at risk of losing the opportunity to earn paid time off and risk getting fired or losing income to pay their bills every time they need to see a doctor or stay home with a sick child. Paid sick time isn’t only good for workers and families; it’s good for the economy, and it boosts employment and income stability.
It’s this simple: all working people in Michigan should have access to earned paid sick time. We are standing together with the majority of Michiganders to tell the legislature: don’t change the earned paid sick time you have already passed and we worked so hard to win.
The Earned Sick Time Act, currently part of Michigan law, makes it possible for working Michiganders and their families the to see a doctor, rest when they are sick, and care for a loved one without losing salary or risking getting fired. It also allows earned time to be used by domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and by parents to attend school meetings about their child’s disability or health. In addition to specifying how the time adds up and can be used, the Earned Sick Time Act prohibits employers from punishing their employees for requesting, exercising, or enforcing these rights. We must fight to make sure this law stays in place.