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Why low income workers in the South can't afford to get sick

October 14, 2021

America falls far behind in supporting women with paid sick leave. Will Biden help with a national policy?

January 21, 2021

Fighting the Flu: Paid Sick Leave Reduces Infection Rates

[Associate professor Nicolas] Ziebarth says: "Recently enacted sick leave mandates have significantly reduced [influenza-like-illness] infection rates by giving employees the possibility to take sick days rather than going to work sick and spreading diseases."

February 13, 2019

Energy around Paid Leave Policies Continue to Grow

"We have a hotline for people to call if they're having problems accessing paid family leave or paid sick time, which we have here in New York City," [A Better Balance's Sherry] Leiwant said. "We hear all the time from people how life-changing it is having these benefits and how important they are for taking care of their families."

February 5, 2019

What Happens To Your Deskmates When You Go To Work Sick

Plenty of us have had to make the uncomfortable decision of whether or not to go to work sick. Thanks to unforgiving sick leave policies and company cultures that encourage you to "push through" illness, taking a legit sick day feels rarer and rarer.

January 30, 2019

Stuck at home with your kids this week and not getting paid? Your employer may be breaking the law

Can't go into work because you're watching the kids due to school cancellations this week? How about an elderly family member whose care center has been closed? If you live in Minneapolis or St. Paul, you may still be entitled to your normal wages.

January 30, 2019

Paid sick leave eludes many Nevadans, even Culinary members

The flu bug does not discriminate. But the equity ends there. Calling in sick is more costly in America to those who can afford it least, and we all share the burden via infected workplaces, schools and child care.

January 22, 2019

Lack of paid sick leave is inconsistent with Maine values

As Mainers, looking out for each other is a fundamental part of who we are. The lack of earned paid sick leave in this state goes against everything we stand for.

December 20, 2018

Asheville service industry workers plan to organize, 'achieve a little more dignity'

Paid time off may sound like a luxury, but it's also a public health issue: More than 90 percent of food-borne Norovirus contamination occurs during food preparation.

December 17, 2018

Opinion: Sick leave – Gutting new law disrespects voters

Anyone who says they believe in family should be willing to support the ability of a mother to stay home with a sick child. In fact, we have those policies in place with our staff in the Legislature.

December 13, 2018

Student workers can earn paid sick leave, effective February 2019

For Krystal Delnoce, ‘21, who said she is first-generation low-income (FLI) student who works at Dillon Gymnasium as a children’s swim instructor and at Murray-Dodge cafe, the rule may come in handy. She said that she has previously found it difficult to take time off from her jobs when she was ill.

December 4, 2018

Kids, parents would suffer from changes to Michigan’s Earned Sick Time Act

As a pediatrician, I applaud the recently-passed Earned Sick Time Act. This law makes it possible for working Michiganders and their families to see a doctor, rest when they are sick, and care for a loved one without losing a day’s pay or risking getting fired.

November 25, 2018

University changes policy to expand paid sick, safe leave to all University employees

Under the new policy, employees can leave work to address safety issues or take care of personal health problems, and [student workers] can potentially provide care for their roommate under an expanded definition of caregiver, [Director of Benefits Drew] Murphy said.

November 15, 2018

Paid Sick Leave Benefits Help Alleviate Worker Financial Stress

“When you don’t have leave, a day off of work can mean eight hours with no wages, and make someone’s job vulnerable,” LeaAnne DeRigne, an associate professor at Florida Atlantic University’s Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work, told Bloomberg Law. “If you can be in trouble for taking a paid sick day,” and it puts your job in jeopardy, “then you’re really in a scary and insecure financial situation.”

November 9, 2018

Opinion: Healthy workers will keep the Michigan economy growing

[M]y brothers and sisters and I carry on my father’s vision of a business rooted in community, which to us means caring for those that help the community grow and thrive. That’s why we strongly support the recently-passed legislation giving Michigan workers the opportunity to earn paid sick time, so Michiganders can take a short time away from work to recover from an illness or care for a sick family member without disrupting their household’s budget or the fear of losing their job.

November 7, 2018

Workers without paid sick leave endure significant financial worries

While worrying about making ends meet is a common concern for many Americans, new research shows that it is even more troublesome for working adults without paid sick leave.

November 1, 2018

Workers Now Get Paid Sick Leave in New Jersey

Lawmakers and [Gov. Phil] Murphy have said 1.2 million workers, many in food and personal-care services, would benefit from the new law.

October 30, 2018

The #MeToo Workplace Policy That No One Is Talking About

“If you miss your court hearing, then you don’t get your protective order,” said [Marium] Durrani, who, before she joined the National Network to End Domestic Violence, was a lawyer representing victims of domestic violence in court. “Or you miss your job and your employer finds grounds to terminate you, and you probably don’t have resources to combat that. Beyond the physical and emotional implications of abuse, there are these long reaching ramifications.”

October 19, 2018

The Legislature needs to get out of the way on paid sick days

[The Pennsylvania Health Action Network] sees many people each year who, though insured, cite barriers to getting care, including difficulty getting paid time off from employers to see their doctors when they are ill. This is a public health crisis, and it's one that is disproportionately affecting women, African American and Latino workers, all of whom are overrepresented among low-wage workers and among part-time workers.

October 19, 2018

Northbrook adopts Cook County paid sick leave ordinance after opting out last year

[Trustee Muriel] Collison has previously said that since the board’s decision to opt out, the issue has been on her mind. A number of full-time workers in Northbrook told Collison that not only do they not receive paid sick days, but that if they miss work for more than three days in a year, for whatever reason, they would be fired, she said.

October 10, 2018
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