“When businesses across Virginia do not offer sick leave to their employees, it puts employees in the position of either going to work sick and potentially spreading disease in order to make ends meet, or staying home and protecting others, but suffering financially themselves.

Many people live paycheck to paycheck and in order to keep a roof above their family’s heads, have no choice but to go to work, sick or not. During a pandemic, this can create a domino effect, spreading COVID to an astronomical number of people stemming from just one person.

Businesses like mine deal with creating products and shipping them. If one person is sick and handles product, it could easily spread throughout the business and even possibly to our customers. I think that taking care of your workforce during a pandemic is vital to the growth of your business. By providing sick leave, you ensure a healthy workplace and you also ensure the retention of your employees because they feel like they are being taken care of.”