A Health Impact Assessment of the Healthy Families Act of 2009

Source: Won Kim Cook, Jonathan Heller, Rajiv Bhatia, Lili Farhang, Human Impact Partners and San Francisco Department of Public Health, September 2009

The Healthy Families Act of 2009 (S. 1152 and H.R. 2460) would guarantee that workers in the United States at firms that employ at least 15 employees accrue at least one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked.

Almost 60 million workers – 48% of the workforce – in the country currently do not have the ability to earn and use paid sick days when ill or when a family member needs care. Many vulnerable populations have less access to paid sick days. For example, 79% of the lowest-paid populations, over 50% of Hispanic workers, 52% of workers who rate their health as fair or poor, and 40% of mothers whose children have asthma do not have paid sick days.

Below we summarize conclusions about the magnitude, direction and certainty of health impacts predicted from the Healthy Families Act, based on the evidence synthesized in this health impact assessment.

Leave a Reply