“As a Virginian, there’s so much to be said about the need for Virginia to broaden support for working families especially during this pandemic. It’s time that the Virginia legislature heard our stories.

As a small business owner, my husband and I recognize the need for a standard paid sick leave policy and how it’s beneficial to both our workers and our business. We’ve seen it so many times during this pandemic. One worker had to use part of her paid sick leave benefit because her health declined after being exposed to a close family member that had the Covid-19. Another worker used his paid family leave due to the death of an immediate family member.

My husband and I recognize the need for paid sick leave policy because we understand the needs of our workers. No one should have to work when they don’t feel well or make the difficult decision to leave his/her child at home so they could pay their bills or make the rent.”