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Connecticut is the only state in the nation to have adopted a paid sick leave law, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families, an advocacy group.
The National Partnership for Women and Families and The United Food and Commercial Workers, both based in Washington, D.C., also expressed support.
The effects of having employees go to work while sick can be far ranging, noted Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs for the Washington, D.C.,-based National Partnership for Women & Families.
At the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting in Boston this week, the organization officially approved 17 policy statements, including one calling for the US to improve access to paid sick and family leave and one urging the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to require workplace injury and illness prevention programs.
The National Partnership for Women & Families says that more than 40 million private sector workers, about 40 percent of the workforce, don’t earn paid sick days.
"Expansion of the District's law on paid sick days to include bar and restaurant workers...is badly needed. It is unfortunate that opponents are trotting out the same baseless, discredited arguments they used five years ago to try to block progress."
Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, which advocates for paid sick leave, believes that New York’s size and the override of Bloomberg’s veto helps add to the momentum in other cities and states considering similar legislation.
A post-election survey for National Partnership for Women & Families found that 96 percent of self-described Democrats, 87 percent of Independents, and 73 percent of Republicans believe it is important for Congress to consider new laws including paid sick days and family and medical leave insurance.
In 2006, San Francisco became the first city to required companies to provide paid sick days, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.
"We are the hub of both coordination and activity on this," said Vicki Shabo, the group’s director of work and family programs. "We help to connect grass-roots and national organizations."
"It's a real step forward for our country because of the significance of New York City, the number of workers this supports and the fact that this creates momentum around the country," said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, one of the groups pushing the paid sick time cause nationwide.
Only 19% of low-wage workers have access to paid sick days, and adults without sick leave are 1.5 times more likely to go to work sick, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families.
Debra L. Ness, president of the Washington, D.C.-based National Partnership for Women & Families... issued a statement March 13 congratulating Portland on the passage of the law.
An election eve survey commissioned by the National Partnership for Women & Families found bipartisan support for laws ensuring workers the right to earn paid sick days and “creating a system of family and medical leave insurance”: 86 percent of respondents who supported both candidates considered it important, and 63 percent called it “very important.”
The health advantages of sick days Washington Post ... for paid sick days would not stop the flu, but it would mean that more people could stay home when they get it. It should be a high priority for Congress.
Vicki Shabo directs work and family programs for the National Partnership for Women and Families. She says a big problem being overlooked is that at least 40 percent of the people who work in the United States don’t have paid sick leave.
The Nation. (blog) A new poll, out this week from Lake Research Partners and The Tarrance Group for the National Partnership for Women & Families, found ...
The Atlantic Why Paid Leave Could Pass in Obama's Second Term: Americans Want It The Atlantic ... new Congress and the president consider laws that help secure working families, such as paid family leave and paid sick days, according to an exit ...
"It's natural that if you're worrying about the size of a soda," says Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at Washington DC's National Partnership of Women & Families, "you're also worrying whether the person serving it to you had no choice but to sneeze in it."
NBC Latino Workplace policies are failing working moms, say Latina advocates NBC Latino "Nearly 12 million Latinos - almost 60 percent of the Hispanic workforce, have no access to a paid sick day," says Leticia Mederos, vice president of the ...
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