It shouldn't have to be this way. In 145 countries, earned sick and safe leave has been the standard for quite some time, and the benefits have been clear: healthier, safer and more productive workers, more sanitary workplaces, and better cared-for families. All this without harm to businesses' bottom line. Indeed, the Institute for Women's Policy Research estimates that employers save $9.07 per week for covered workers. Next door in Washington, D.C., earned sick and safe leave has been the law since 2008, and a 2013 audit showed that the law neither harmed existing businesses nor discouraged new businesses from opening. In fact, business in D.C. is booming, and jobs for working families are rapidly expanding.