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Requiring paid sick leave for all workers could help the nation better cope with public-health problems such as flu, some analysts say.
For 20 million Americans, staying home sick is a luxury. Every year, that many people go to work with a virus or infection because they don’t have paid sick leave, even though research shows that staying home prevents the flu from spreading.
If this season's widespread flu outbreak has hit you, you should stay home to rest and avoid spreading it to others. But, for those who don't have paid sick days or any job-protected leave, that might not be an option.
Access to paid sick leave decreases the probability of job separation, and making coverage universal could substantially reduce medical costs, particularly those paid by public health insurance programs.
[I]f you have flu symptoms, you should stay home — and if your child is sick, you shouldn’t send him or her to school. Thanks to New York City’s paid sick leave law, we can all do that.
Public health risks are compounded when staff bring bugs to work because they can't afford to take a sick day.
[W]hen I looked up requirements for companies to offer sick leave in the United States, I was shocked.
Washington on Monday became the seventh state — in addition to Washington, D.C. — to require employers to offer paid sick leave to their workers.
As small-business owners just getting off the ground, we couldn't be more supportive of the Duluth City Council enacting a strong earned-sick-and-safe-time ordinance.
The minimum wage in Washington will go up once again and all employees will be able to receive paid sick leave by the beginning of next year.
An overflow crowd cheered on Tuesday when the Morristown council voted against tweaking an ordinance that requires local employers to provide paid sick days to workers who earn them.
It’s clear on which side doctors come down: They say workers with the flu or a cold should use sick days far more often than they do. Though millions of Americans don’t get paid time off when they’re sick, those who do have the option often don’t take it.
Whether the employee is a college student trying to pay rent or a single parent dealing with a child with the flu, sickness and domestic violence don’t only affect those with full-time employment.
[I]n the United States, whether you have the time and financial support for caregiving too often depends on whether you happen to work for a company that offers paid sick days or paid family and medical leave. It likely also depends on whether lawmakers or your human resources department decide your loved one counts as "family."
For survivors of domestic violence, maintaining your economic independence and financial security can be key to escaping your abuser and protecting your family.
Those of us who have paid sick time at our jobs take for granted that we can afford to go to the doctor for preventive care, or stay home when we’re contagious.
“Working families should not decide between paying their rent or being able to take care of themselves or their families,” said Ana Gonzalez, an advocate at the Workers Defense Project.
Whenever the Duluth City Council (Minn.) decides to hear it, the city’s earned sick and safe time task force is going to recommend “an ordinance be enacted requiring employers with more than five employees in Duluth provide earned sick and safe leave to all employees.”
Domestic violence and sexual assault victims will be able to take paid time off from work under a bill passed by the City Council Tuesday.
When a lack of health protections clashes with a sudden illness or a family member’s medical crisis, workers can become exhausted, less productive at work, and more prone to negative temperament at work and at home.
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