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Many State Workers Lack Paid Sick Days
The 111th Congress Work and Family Agenda focuses on three areas: 1. Guaranteeing workers paid sick days for short-term, common illnesses; 2. Guaranteeing workers paid family and medical leave to care for longer-term, serious health conditions and to bond with new children; and 3. Correcting and expanding the FMLA to cover more workers.
Working Sick, Getting Stiffed: How Some of America's Biggest Companies Fail Their Workers and Jeopardize Public Health. 2007, Association of Community Organizations for Reforms Now, ACORN's Healthy Workers, Healthy Families Campaign for Paid Sick Days.
Work-Family Benefits: Which Ones Maximize Profits? 2001, by Christine Siegwarth Meyer et al., Journal of Managerial Issues, vol. 13, no. 1
Valuing Good Health: An Estimate of Costs and Savings for the Healthy Families Act, 2005, by Vicky Lovell. Institute for Women's Policy Research, Washington, DC
One Sick Child Away From Being Fired: When "Opting Out" Is Not an Option. 2006, Joan C. Williams, Center for WorkLife Law, UC Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, California
A bill to provide for paid sick leave to ensure that Americans can address their own health needs and the health needs of their families.
No Time to be Sick: Why Everyone Suffers when Workers Don't Have Paid Sick Leave, 2004, by Vicky Lovell, Institute for Women's Policy Research, Washington, DC
Getting Time Off: Access to Leave Among Working Parents, 2004, by Katherin Ross Phillips, Urban Institute, Washington, DC
Women, Work and Family Health: A Balancing Act, 2003, Issue Brief, An Update on Women's Healthy Policy, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
In 2008, workers and advocates in Milwaukee achieved a great victory when nearly 70 percent of voters in the city voted for a paid sick days standard. Unfortunately, in 2011, statewide legislation preempted the voter-supported law and prevented its implementation.
More than two hundred small business owners, working parents, labor leaders, women's rights activists and other members of the diverse coalition fighting for family-friendly policy advances like paid sick days and family leave insurance are convening in Washington, D.C., next week to celebrate a record year of victories and plan for the year ahead.
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.
More than 12 million Latino workers - nearly 60 percent of the Latino workforce - don't have a single paid sick day to use to recover from common illnesses.
More than 1.8 million Pennsylvania workers - about 39 percent of the state's private-sector workforce - are not able to take a paid sick day when they are ill.
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.
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.
Every day, working women and men in the United States struggle to meet the dual demands of work and family because their workplaces are without basic family friendly policies. It is long past time for workplaces to reflect the needs of 21st century working families, which for many include the ability to care for children, family members and elderly relatives while also being productive, responsible employees.
In June 2011, Connecticut passed the nation's first statewide paid sick days law. Public Law 11-52 will allow workers in service occupations who work in businesses with 50 or more employees to earn one hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours of work, up to 40 hours annually (approximately five days for a full-time worker).
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