“Did you know that Virginia businesses are not actually required to provide paid sick leave to all their employees? As a Pharmacist, I know exactly how this can impact the workforce. COVID-19 has been an eye opener on just how important your health is. This has also made people aware that not only can it affect you, but also others around you. This can include friends, family, and loved ones. Efforts to keep all Virginia workplaces COVID-free means that healthcare workers could have peace of mind knowing that the risk of contraction would be limited, and some of that anxiety can be suppressed knowing that all is being done to help protect them. I believe all Virginia workers should have access to paid sick leave. Many healthcare workers still go to work even when not feeling the best due to the fact they have so much responsibility in their hands to make sure others are well, or simply to not miss out on income they may need. Paid sick time should be no question for workers who risk their health everyday while working long hours to help others at their time of illness. If all businesses adopted this mission, maintaining a healthy workforce will be more obtainable. Workers will also be able to work more peacefully knowing they are cared for, their income wouldn’t be impacted if they became sick, and that they also wouldn’t be harming any other co-workers and their families with potential sickness. As a healthcare worker, I strongly support this movement.”
A Pharmacist Who Can Speak To The Issues
Amber Stokes is a pharmacist, so she has a pretty clear view of how a paid sick leave mandate, or a lack thereof, impacts a workforce. Right now, millions of Virginians are in that “lack thereof” category, and it’s time our assembly fixes it.