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Children inevitably get sick – and they get better faster when their parents care for them. Unfortunately, tens of millions of workers in the United States are not able to earn paid days to care for a sick child.
Nearly 490,000 Iowa workers - about 42 percent of the state's private-sector workforce - are not able to take a paid sick day when they are ill.
Workers should not have to choose between a paycheck, their job, and their own health or the health of their families. Yet, because of the lack of policies that help workers meet their family responsibilities, many workers face this choice every day.
A new survey conducted by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago and commissioned by the Public Welfare Foundation demonstrates that lack of access to paid sick days has significant negative consequences for public health, health care costs, and families' financial security.
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.
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.
A minimum paid sick days standard would help to protect millions of working families from falling further into financial crisis during these tough economic times.
Although Washington, D.C., was the second U.S. city to enact a paid sick days law, certain workers - including tipped restaurant workers - are excluded from coverage.
More than 1,300,000 North Carolina workers - about 44 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.
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.
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.
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.
The following results are from a survey given to 500 Connecticut voters in response to paid sick days.
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.
More than 200 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 convened in Washington, D.C., this week to celebrate a record year of victories in 2011 and plan for the year ahead.
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.
Millions of working people provide care for family members who are elderly, have disabilities or are chronically ill. Many of these family caregivers are struggling to manage both their caregiving responsibilities and the jobs they need to support their families, and they receive little help from their employers or public policies.
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.
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.
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