How Paid Sick Days Are Benefiting Jersey City’s Businesses

By BRYCE COVERT, Think Progress – At the end of 2013, Jersey City became the sixth city in the country to pass a paid sick leave requirement, which went into effect in January of 2014. Since then, the city’s employers report they’ve experienced a variety of benefits, according to a study from the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University. Researchers polled 289 employers in the city at the beginning of this year. Of the businesses that changed their sick leave policies after the law was enacted, more than 40 percent reported seeing a benefit: a third saw an improvement in job applicants, nearly 32 percent saw increased productivity, and just under 10 percent saw a drop in turnover. Turnover in particular can be very expensive, costing as much as 20 percent of a worker’s salary to replace him. “Though the short time span since the adoption of the...

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