Paid Sick Leave

Chairman Kaplowitz, Westchester County Board of Legislators

Dear Neighbors,

If you think that workers in Westchester County should have paid sick leave as they do in New York City, please sign the petition below.

Dems for paid sick leave

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To: Chairman Kaplowitz, Westchester County Board of Legislators
From: [Your Name]

We whole-heartedly support amending the Laws of Westchester County by adopting a new Article III Chapter 700 providing paid sick leave for certain employees. Given the findings of the Public Safety and Social Services Committee of the Board of Legislators (highlights listed below) it’s hard to see why we would not take this opportunity to extend this benefit to more workers in Westchester County. This is a win-win for both employers and employees. Can we expect that you will give this measure your full support? Thank you. ________________________ The Public Safety & Social Services Committee of the County Board of Legislators reports that: • roughly 36% of workers in Westchester County lack paid sick time, and low-income and part-time workers are especially unlikely to be covered. • workers of color are less likely to have access, with Hispanic workers substantially less likely to have access: 50% of Hispanic, 33% of Black, and 32% of Asian workers in Westchester County lack access to paid sick time. • paid sick time allows parents to provide personal care for their sick children • paid sick time will reduce health care expenditures • paid sick time will reduce recovery time and decrease the likelihood of spreading illness to other members of the workforce and to the public. • providing paid sick time is good for a company’s bottom line. • once paid sick time laws are enacted they are popular with both business and workers. For example, businesses in New York City look very positively on the law now that it has been in effect for several years. 86% of employers surveyed said they had a positive view of the law and a whopping 98% said they had seen no instances of abuse.