Quinn Calls For More Worker Sick Days

Jan 30, 2014

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn wants every worker in Illinois to have the chance to get at least two sick days. The Democrat raised the issue yesterday during his annual State of the State address.

Quinn says 43% of all workers in Illinois don't have one sick day, which represents more than 2.5 million people.

Quinn's office says his proposal calls for employers to give workers one hour of sick time for every 40 hours worked with a minimum of two days per calendar year.

However, employees wouldn't be eligible for earned sick time until they've been on the job for a minimum of six months. Quinn says it'll help reduce turnover and retraining costs.