BOSTON, MA—Senator Katherine Clark
(D-Melrose) today called on the legislature to stand up for Massachusetts
workers. In testimony before the Joint
Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, Senator Clark voiced her support
for earned paid sick time. Senator Clark has
cosponsored An Act establishing earned
paid sick time to establish provisions for all employees to earn up to 7
paid sick days per year, at the rate of 1 hour for every 30 hours worked.
“We should not be forcing employees to come to work sick or make parents choose between the health of a child and a steady job,” said Senator Clark. “Together our efforts to raise the minimum wage, establish earned sick time, and achieve pay equity will not only benefit our families and our communities, but our economy as well.”
Almost 1 million Massachusetts workers do not have access to paid sick days, leaving them prone to emergency room visits, sacrificing care-giving to elderly or sick family members, and exposing the public to greater health risks. Studies have shown that allowing employees to earn paid sick days would save millions of dollars in medical costs.