"When women do better, families do better. Yet every day, women across the country are forced to choose between their family's health and their paychecks because their jobs don't allow them to earn paid sick days."
Nearly half of all non-government workers — and 79% of low-income workers — don't get paid sick days, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families.
"On the one hand, you have all of our top officials saying, 'Do the responsible thing: If you're sick, stay home,'" Debra Ness told CNNMoney.com.
Christine Bechtel, a committee member from the National Partnership for Women & Families, suggested interoperability could be fostered by the exchange of scanned patient records in the Portable Document Format, better known as PDF. "This would facilitate the movement of data ... by getting a piece of paper to go with the patient" in an electronic format, she said.
For single-parent homes, or for families that depend on two incomes, “This could be the beginning of a spiral into economic disaster,” says Debra L. Ness, the president of the National Partnership for Women and Families.
"The CDC is making good suggestions, but they don't give any thought to the half of workers who don't have paid sick days," says Karen Minatelli, director of the work and family programs at the National Partnership for Women and Families.
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