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On July 5th, 2011, Connecticut became the first state to pass a law giving many workers the right to earn paid sick days.
A growing number of employers recognize the benefits of flexible workplace practices. These employers know that setting workplace standards that promote flexibility and allow workers to meet the dual demands of work and family improves employee productivity, loyalty and retention—creating happier, healthier workplaces, and better bottom lines.
The survey results could not be clearer: It is time for policymakers to guarantee access to paid sick days to the over 40 million U.S. workers who currently lack them. Workers should not have to risk their job to care for their families and shouldn't have to risk their own-well-being—and the public's health—to do their job.
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.
Manufacturing industry workers are struggling with job and financial insecurity. Few have access to the basic flexible workplace policies they need to manage their responsibilities at home and on the job.
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.
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.
More than 2.1 million Illinois 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 845,000 Minnesota workers - about 41 percent of the state's private-sector workforce - are not able to take a paid sick day when they are ill.
Every day, millions of U.S. workers face an impossible choice when they are sick: stay home and risk their economic security or go to work and risk their health and the public’s health.
More than 900,000 Massachusetts workers - about 36 percent of the state's private sector workforce - are not able to take a paid sick day when they are ill.
More than 210,000 Philadelphia workers are not able to take an earned sick day when they are ill.
More than 875,000 Arizona workers - about 42 percent of the state's private-sector workforce - are not able to take a paid sick day when they are ill.
The following results are from a survey given to 500 Connecticut voters in response to paid sick days.
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.
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.
Grandparents are the glue that holds many families together—yet our workplace laws don't honor their critical role.
Businesses benefit when employees are able to take time away from work to cope with personal and family illnesses. More satisfied and productive workers translate into improved workplace morale, greater worker loyalty and better bottom lines.
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.
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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