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How important is it to you that Congress and the President consider new laws to help keep working families economically secure, including ensuring workers the right to earn paid sick days and creating a system of family and medical leave insurance - very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?
A Bill to Be Entitled “Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act”
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 - and particularly for women of color - the inability to earn paid sick days can have devastating consequences.
Businesses benefit when their employees have access to paid sick days. When sick workers are able to stay home, the spread of disease slows and workplaces are both healthier and more productive. Plus, workers recover faster from illness and obtain timely medical care - enabling them to get back to work sooner and holding down health care costs.
Nearly one in two people in the United States have a chronic medical condition that requires regular care1 - and chronic conditions are becoming more prevalent. At the same time, more than 40 million U.S. workers don't have access to paid sick days to recover from illness, care for a sick family member, or manage chronic illnesses.
Across the political spectrum, more of our nation’s leaders acknowledge that 21st century families face significant challenges in meeting their responsibilities at home and on the job.
The statute will use existing state definitions of employer, employee, domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault.
The American Productivity Audit (APA) is a telephone survey of a random sample of 28,902 U.S. workers designed to quantify the impact of health conditions on work. Lost productive time (LPT) was measured for personal and family health reasons and expressed in hours and dollars.
A 2011 letter urging members of Congress to establish a national paid sick days standard that would help working families meet their health and financial needs, while boosting business productivity and improving worker retention.
On July 5th, 2011, Connecticut became the first state to pass a law giving many workers the right to earn paid sick days.
Paid Sick Time and the New School Year: Ideas for Public Education and Organizing Actions
Workers without paid sick days face an impossible choice when illness strikes. Either they go to work sick (or send a sick child to school or daycare) — or they stay home, lose pay, and risk job loss or workplace discipline.
Paid sick days victories in Philadelphia and Connecticut confirms recent polling results: there is deep and unwavering geographic and key demographic group support for legislation that guarantees all citizens the opportunity to earn paid sick days from their employers
Nearly 140,000 Delaware workers - about 43 percent of the state's private-sector workforce - are not able to take a paid sick day when they are ill.
Nearly 740,000 Colorado workers - about 41 percent of the state's private sector workforce - are not able to take a paid sick day when they are ill.
More than 650,000 Kentucky workers - about 48 percent of the state's private sector workforce - are not able to take a paid sick day when they are ill.
In November 2006, the voters of San Francisco made their city the first jurisdiction in the country to pass a paid sick days ordinance, passing Proposition F by 61 percent. The ordinance went into effect in February 2007, allowing all workers to earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked.
More than 1.8 million Ohio workers - about 45 percent of the state's private sector workforce - are not able to take a paid sick day when they are ill.
More than 4.6 million California workers - about 39 percent of the state's private-sector workforce - are not able to take a paid sick day when they are ill.
150,000 Rhode Island workers - about 38 percent of the state's private-sector workforce - are not able to take a paid sick day when they are ill.
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