Paid Sick Days Protect Health and Business

Paid sick days are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19. If sick workers can’t stay home without risking wage loss, controlling the disease is impossible. And as long as the pandemic is uncontrolled, we’ll be hard-pressed to rebuild the economy. Are you one of the state’s 1.2 million workers who has to choose between wages and health? Share your story and help us pass paid sick days in Virginia.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take paid sick days in Virginia?

Unfortunately, businesses are not required to offer employees paid sick days in Virginia. Unless your employer opts to offer them, you can’t take them. If you work for a company with 50 or more employees, you’re entitled to unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, but that doesn’t include paid leave.

Do I have to offer employees paid sick days?

No. However, if you have 50 or more employees, you must offer them the chance to apply for unpaid leave through the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Why is earned paid sick time important?

Paid sick time protects public health, helps fight the spread of COVID-19, safeguards families’ economic security and enables businesses to remain open. If you’re an employer or employee who’s committed to health and prosperity, taking a stand for paid sick time is an important step for Virginia.

Help Pass Paid Sick Days in Virginia

Especially during the pandemic, it’s critical to ensure that when Virginians are sick, they can recover without losing their wages or jobs. If you’ve had to choose between your pay and your health, or if someone you love has, we want to hear about it. Your story can help persuade our leaders to pass paid sick leave in Virginia.

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