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The Urgent Need for Paid Sick Days: By the Numbers
More than four in ten private-sector workers — and more than eighty percent of low-wage workers — do not have paid sick days to care for their own health. Forty million workers have no access to paid sick days at all and another 4.2 million haven't been on the job long enough to be eligible for paid sick days.
Providing all workers access to paid sick days reduces the spread of flu in the workplace by nearly 6 percent. Allowing workers to stay at home with even one paid “flu day” (additional time people would take off when they have sick days and also are educated about the importance of staying home with a contagious illness) would allow them to recover and could reduce flu transmission by 25 percent, and two “flu days” could result in a nearly 40 percent decrease.
66 million American adults are unpaid caregivers for family members or friends — and the number is growing. Paid sick days would help working family caregivers to manage both their caregiving responsibilities and the jobs they need to support their families.