Inclusive Paid Leave Policies
leave benefits such as paid sick days are an important tool
for promoting individual health, community health and reducing
the spread of illness in the workplace. California’s paid sick
leave requirement provides the majority of workers with one hour
of paid sick leave for every thirty hours worked, which can be
used to care for family members. Narrow definitions of family can
exclude many residents from benefitting from these policies. A
growing number of Americans, disproportionately people of color,
are living in extended families.
According to US Census national estimates, the number of
people living in extended families has increased from 58 to 85
million people between 2001 and 2014. Paid sick laws with
inclusive family definitions include extended family members,
domestic partners, and chosen family. California’s paid sick law
covers care of spouses, domestic partners, children, siblings,
grandchildren, and grandparents.
Research suggests that inclusive workplace leave policies are
particularly important for LGBTQ individuals, who are more likely
to rely on chosen family for caregiving than non-LGBTQ
An analysis of the 2013 National Health Interview Survey also
found that LGB individuals are 20% less likely than non-LGB
individuals to be in a marriage or domestic partnership.
*Note: The statewide paid sick leave policy exempts certain types of workers such as in-home supportive service workers, which makes it difficult to estimate how many workers are covered under this policy.