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Getting Time Off: Access to Leave Among Working Parents, 2004, by Katherin Ross Phillips, Urban Institute, Washington, DC
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Women, Work and Family Health: A Balancing Act, 2003, Issue Brief, An Update on Women's Healthy Policy, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
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No one should face the impossible choice of caring for their health or keeping their paycheck or job. But millions of working people must make this decision every time they get sick or a family member needs care.
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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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The following results are from a survey given to 500 Connecticut voters in response to paid sick days.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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A new survey conducted by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago and commissioned by the Public Welfare Foundation demonstrates that lack of access to paid sick days has significant negative consequences for public health, health care costs, and families' financial security.
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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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Women's Equality Day commemorates the adoption of the 19th Amendment to U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote. More than 90 years later, the fight for women's equal access and opportunity continues—especially in workplaces across the country.
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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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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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Grandparents are the glue that holds many families together - yet our workplace laws don't honor their critical role.
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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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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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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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