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This spring, as workers' rights advocates began their push for mandatory paid sick leave for every worker employed in Dallas, one of the biggest questions that bubbled to the surface is just how many people in the city need paid sick leave.
While there will be some cost to employers, research shows that the benefits of paid sick leave laws far outweigh the costs. Benefits include reduced employee turnover (and the subsequent reduced cost of hiring and training new employees), higher productivity and morale, and better public health.
"No one should be forced to choose between earning a living, or safety for oneself and children," wrote [New York City] First Lady Chirlane McCray, a co-chair of the Commission on Gender Equality, in an emailed statement to Refinery29.
Several organizations and two council members are pushing for paid sick leave to be mandatory for workers in Dallas.
A coalition of labor and community groups including the Texas AFL-CIO wants San Antonio voters to decide whether the city should require businesses to give workers paid sick leave.
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.
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