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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

Austin workers deserve paid sick leave, and students can help them get it

[Implementing the paid sick days ordinance] will be worth it for Austin workers, including financially independent students who work in Austin and stand to benefit from the ordinance.

October 10, 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

Paid sick leave bill passes in Westchester County

[O]ne small business owner in Yonkers tells News 12 he has been giving employees five to six paid sick days a year for the past 15 years. "I think people should have some personal days off, paid if you can afford it, I think it's the right thing to do, it also makes everybody happy," says Rich Angelori, owner of Midway Electric.

October 1, 2018

Cities battle their states over paid sick leave policy

A split is growing between cities that want to require private companies to give workers paid sick days and states that are determined to stop them.

September 25, 2018

Dangerous Jobs Also Put Workers at Risk of Opioid Dependency

Yet for an epidemic that often festers in private, this study [by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health] also points to a solution in the workplace: keeping workers safe, first and foremost, and if they do get hurt, ensuring “Access to care, support, and the means to take time off of work with pay.”

September 17, 2018

Paid Sick Leave Laws? No Problem, Say Small-Business Owners

As more cities mandate paid sick days for workers, the reaction from many small businesses is a big, so what?

September 12, 2018

'They have taken away our vote': Michigan approves minimum-wage hike and paid sick leave, setting up clash

"Paid sick leave, minimum-wage hikes, higher taxes on the rich for teachers -- these are all overwhelmingly popular among both Democratic and Republican voters," Saru Jayaraman, an academic at the University of California at Berkeley and co-founder of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, which has pushed raising the wage for tipped workers. "Ballot measures are the greatest path to allow working people to move the issues they believe in, but they're being subverted."

September 10, 2018

Legislature passes wage hike, paid sick leave but it's not that simple

Danielle Atkinson, founder of Michigan Time to Care, which spearheaded the paid sick leave proposal, was grateful for the approval of the proposal, but said that her group will now spend its time making sure it’s not gutted after the election.

September 5, 2018

Pushing for paid sick leave in the workplace

The county legislature is considering a bill to require all employers provide some sick time, even for part-time workers – although the smallest businesses would be able to make it unpaid. [Includes video.]

August 22, 2018

Does Your Company Offer Paid Sick Leave? Here's Why It Should

The problem with policies that don't distinguish between leisure time and sick time, however, is that workers often will go to great lengths to avoid taking off for the latter. As such, many have a tendency to come to work sick, which pretty much benefits no one.

August 22, 2018

Why Paid Sick Leave Is Important for Your Financial (and Physical) Health

Employees without paid sick benefits – of which there are 34.2 million in the private sector – are three times more likely to have family incomes below the poverty line, according to research from Florida Atlantic University and Cleveland State University published in Social Work in Health Care.

August 9, 2018

More than 100 San Antonians speak at public hearing for paid sick leave

"We're here tonight to speak up for the 350,000 people currently who do not have [paid] sick time," local business owner Julio Lopez said.

August 8, 2018

Paid Leave From Work Can Help Domestic-Violence Victims Leave Abusers

Dawn Dalton, the policy director at the Washington, D.C., Coalition Against Domestic Violence, said scheduling demands are consistently the largest obstacle standing between the victim and a different life: “I hear, again and again, ‘I just can’t get time off work.’”

August 4, 2018
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