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Grandparents are the glue that holds many families together - yet our workplace laws don't honor their critical role.
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When it comes to ensuring decent working conditions for families, the latest research shows many U.S. public policies still lag dramatically behind all high-income countries, as well as many middle- and low-income countries.
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Más que 12 millones de trabajadores latinos - casi el 60 por ciento de la fuerza laboral latina - no tienen días pagados por enfermedad para recuperarse de enfermedades comunes.
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Except in a few localities, employers are not required by law to provide paid sick days for workers. But most Americans believe that paid sick days should be a worker's right guaranteed by the government.
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A minimum paid sick days standard would help to protect millions of working families from falling further into financial crisis during these tough economic times.
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A bill in the New York City Council guaranteeing workers the right to earn paid sick leave is closely modeled on a law enacted by San Francisco in 2007.
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The survey results could not be clearer: It is time for policymakers to guarantee access to paid sick days to the over 40 million U.S. workers who currently lack them. Workers should not have to risk their job to care for their families and shouldn't have to risk their own-well-being—and the public's health—to do their job.
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Workers should not have to choose between a paycheck, their job, and their own health or the health of their families. Yet, because of the lack of policies that help workers meet their family responsibilities, many workers face this choice every day.
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On July 5th, 2011, Connecticut became the first state to pass a law giving many workers the right to earn paid sick days.
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Every day, millions of workers in the United States are forced to jeopardize their wages and their jobs when they become sick or need to care for a sick child or loved one. For women, the inability to earn paid sick days can have particularly devastating consequences.
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Reflecting the breadth of support for paid sick days, leaders of the following organizations have spoken out on Connecticut becoming the first state in the nation to pass paid sick days legislation.
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Children inevitably get sick – and they get better faster when their parents care for them. Unfortunately, tens of millions of workers in the United States are not able to earn paid days to care for a sick child.
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Like many across the nation, Connecticut's working families are struggling harder than ever to make ends meet. For workers without paid sick days, a bad case of the flu or a child's fever can mean the loss of a much-needed paycheck or even a job.
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Except in a few localities, employers are not required by law to provide paid sick days for workers. But most Americans believe that paid sick days should be a worker's right guaranteed by the government.
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Grandparents are the glue that holds many families together—yet our workplace laws don't honor their critical role.
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The following results are from a survey given to 500 Connecticut voters in response to paid sick days.
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Testimony of Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women & Families, On Introduction 0097-2010, In relation to the provision of sick time earned by employees. Submitted to the New York City Council Committee on Civil Service and Labor.
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Manufacturing industry workers are struggling with job and financial insecurity. Few have access to the basic flexible workplace policies they need to manage their responsibilities at home and on the job.
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A growing number of employers recognize the benefits of flexible workplace practices. These employers know that setting workplace standards that promote flexibility and allow workers to meet the dual demands of work and family improves employee productivity, loyalty and retention—creating happier, healthier workplaces, and better bottom lines.
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Hourly, lower-wage workers are much less likely than salaried, professional employees to have workplace flexibility. Many are required to work in shifts that are unpredictable and constantly changing; they may be asked to work overtime with little notice; and they seldom have leeway to arrive late, leave early, or take time mid-day to deal with family or medical emergencies.
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