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Sick leave law may boost public health

Public health risks are compounded when staff bring bugs to work because they can't afford to take a sick day.

January 8, 2018

When my wife had a stroke, I learned how awful US sick leave was

[W]hen I looked up requirements for companies to offer sick leave in the United States, I was shocked.

January 3, 2018

What's New In 2018? Here's A Brief Tour Of State Laws Now In Effect

Washington on Monday became the seventh state — in addition to Washington, D.C. — to require employers to offer paid sick leave to their workers.

January 1, 2018

Readers' View: All workers deserve paid sick days

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.

December 13, 2017

The new year brings a state wage increase and paid sick leave for all employees

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.

December 4, 2017

Huge crowd cheers as Morristown council refuses to change paid sick time measure

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.

November 22, 2017

If You’re Sick, Stay Away From Work. If You Can’t, Here Is What Doctors Advise.

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.

November 13, 2017

Task force chairwomen's view: Duluth workers need paid sick, safe days

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.

November 11, 2017

Chosen Family Should Be Included in Paid Leave Policy. We Already Know It Could Work.

[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."

November 10, 2017

New York City institutes paid ‘safe leave’ for domestic violence

For survivors of domestic violence, maintaining your economic independence and financial security can be key to escaping your abuser and protecting your family.

November 7, 2017

Letter to the editor: Paid sick leave for all would keep everyone healthy

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.

November 6, 2017

Austin considers requiring private companies to provide paid sick leave

“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.

November 1, 2017

Task force recommends sick and safe time ordinance

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.”

October 20, 2017

City Council passes bill allowing domestic violence, sex abuse victims to take paid sick leave

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.

October 18, 2017

Have You Ever Had to Work When You Were Sick?

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.

October 17, 2017

Council unanimously votes to explore paid sick leave

Austin City Council voted unanimously late Thursday night to develop a policy for private employers to offer paid sick leave to their workers.

September 29, 2017

Maryland workers need paid sick leave, not another study

As elected officials, Governor Hogan and I already have access to earned paid sick days. Don’t all Marylanders deserve that same opportunity?

September 28, 2017

Rhode Island Will Become Eighth State to Guarantee Paid Sick Leave—and It’s No Coincidence

The Rhode Island legislature considered a paid sick leave bill last year, but it didn’t get much traction. That’s when a number of different factors intervened.

September 22, 2017


The researchers found that workers without paid sick leave benefits reported a statistically significant higher level of psychological distress. They also are 1.45 times more likely to report that their distress symptoms interfere “a lot” with their daily life and activities compared to workers with paid sick leave.

September 18, 2017

Good jobs improve health and profits

Employers have seen a decrease in absenteeism, lower safety risks, as well as higher productivity rates at their workplaces as a result of providing fair wages, decent schedules and paid sick days to their employees.

September 14, 2017
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