Earned Sick Leave
Sick leave is an employee benefit that can be used when workers or their family members are ill. Not all employers offer sick leave as a benefit, and because many low-income jobs pay at an hourly rate, sick time is often not compensated. Parents, especially single parents, whose children have medical problems often find that they must lose pay or even a job because they have to miss work to care for their sick children.
In 2011, Philadelphia City Council passed legislation mandating that employers provide a minimal number of earned sick days to their employees each year. Mayor Nutter subsequently vetoed the legislation for fear that it would hurt job creation. City Council has not voted to override the Mayor's veto to date.