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Dear Elected Official, As our state approaches back-to-school and flu season, I want to call your attention to the state’s failure to put in place a paid sick days standard – and the very real threat that poses to the health of our children, schools and communities when working parents cannot earn paid sick days.
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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
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
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
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
More than 2.5 million New York workers - about 38 percent of the state's private-sector workforce - are not able to take a paid sick day when they are ill.
More than 85,000 Vermont workers - about 38 percent of the state's private-sector workforce - are not able to take a paid sick day when they are ill.
More than 255,000 workers in Orange County, where Orlando is located - about 46 percent of the county's private sector workforce - do not have paid sick days.
More than 1.2 million New Jersey workers - about 38 percent of the state's private-sector workforce - are not able to take a paid sick day when they are ill.
More than 1.5 million Michigan workers - about 46 percent of the state's private sector workforce - are not able to take a paid sick day when they are ill.
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. Many more don’t have paid sick days to care for a sick child.
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