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Research Library: Paid Sick Days

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Public Welfare Foundation Paid Sick Days Survey: Full Report

Except in a few localities, employers are not required by law to provide paid sick days for workers. But most Americans believe that paid sick days should be a worker's right guaranteed by the government.


The Work, Family, and Equity Index: Where Does the United States Stand Globally?

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.


African American Workers and Their Families Need Paid Sick Days

No worker should have to lose income or risk being fired for taking time off to recover from illness or care for a sick loved one, especially at a time when families’ finances are stretched and jobs can be hard to find. Yet nearly 44 million workers in the United States are not able to earn paid sick days, and African American workers are less likely to have access to this critical labor standard.


Paid Sick Days: Attitudes and Experiences

Except in a few localities, employers are not required by law to provide paid sick days for workers. But most Americans believe that paid sick days should be a worker's right guaranteed by the government.


Women's Equality Day 2010: Steps Toward Women's Equality

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.


Paid Sick Leave Does Not Harm Business Growth or Job Growth

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.


Family Friendly Workplace Policies Must Include Grandparents

Grandparents are the glue that holds many families together - yet our workplace laws don't honor their critical role.


Work & Family Summit 2012 Advisory (7/6/2012)

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.


Connecticut

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).


Los Angeles Workers Speak: The Employee Case for Flexibility in Hourly, Lower-Wage Jobs

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.


Working Women Need Paid Sick Days

Every day, millions of workers in the United States are forced to jeopardize their wages and their jobs when they become sick or need to care for a sick child or loved one. For women, the inability to earn paid sick days can have particularly devastating consequences.


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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.


Massachusetts

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.


Arizona

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.


Washington

More than 865,000 Washington workers - about 39 percent of the state's private-sector workforce - are not able to take a paid sick day when they are ill.


Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools: The Case for a National Paid Sick Days Standard

We all want what’s best for our kids. Both parents and educators know firsthand the importance of keeping children healthy, and access to paid sick days for parents can make a real difference.


Taking Care of Business: The Business Benefits of Paid Leave

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.


Oregon

More than 490,000 Oregon workers - about 40 percent of the state's private sector workforce - are not able to take a paid sick day when they are ill.


Flexibility for Success: How Workplace Flexibility Policies Benefit All Workers and Employers

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.


Paid Sick Days Memo

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


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