Policy Area
Publication Type
Issue Brief

Access to paid sick leave in the United States is highly uneven. Although some employers provide paid sick leave as part of employment, many American workers do not receive paid sick leave as part of their benefits package. This brief provides background on paid sick leave in the U.S., reviews state and local paid leave programs, and summarizes findings from two national surveys on access to paid leave in the U.S.


Dicke, R., Ohler, A., & Thorpe, A.  (October, 2022). Paid Sick Leave in the U.S.: Summary.  Report prepared for the Missouri Foundation for Health.