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Resource Library: Paid Sick Days

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Paid Sick Days Are Necessary To Manage Chronic Illness

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.

Expecting Better: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws That Help New Parents (2012)

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.

Lost Productive Work Time Costs From Health Conditions in the United States: Results From the American Productivity Audit

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.

Healthy Families Act Coalition Letter to Congress

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.

Poll: Survey Findings On Connecticut Paid Sick Leave Law

On July 5th, 2011, Connecticut became the first state to pass a law giving many workers the right to earn paid sick days.

Briefing Book on Establishing a Paid Sick Days Standard

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.

Poll: Findings and Political Implications for Paid Sick Day Legislation

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

Building Better Workplaces for Family Caregivers

Millions of Americans who are elderly, disabled, or chronically ill rely on family caregivers, as do our nation's children. Many of these family caregivers are struggling to manage both their caregiving responsibilities and the jobs they need to support their families.

Latinos and Paid Sick Days: The Case for the Healthy Families Act

Nationwide, nearly forty percent of workers—and more than half of Hispanic workers—lack access to paid time off from work when they are ill. Passing the Healthy Families Act, proposed federal legislation that would give workers access to paid sick time, would provide paid sick days access to an additional 30 million workers, including an additional 5.6 million Latino workers.

Paid Sick Days: Attitudes and Experiences

Key findings from the 2010 NORC/Public Welfare Foundation national survey on Paid Sick Days

IWPR PSD Workers Without Sickdays

IWPR Guide to Downloading Data

This guide provides step-by-step instructions for extracting data from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages on the BLS website.

IWPR PSD Savings and Costs Worksheet

Estimate the cost and savings of a minimum paid sick days standard

PSD IWPR Workers By Establishment Size

PSD IWPR Workers By Establishment Size Estimator

Calculate the number and percentage of workers in your state by establishment size

111th Congress: Work and Family Agenda

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

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?

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

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

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

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