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Research Library: Paid Sick Days

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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 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.


New Jersey

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.


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 Benefit Children’s Health

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.


Iowa

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.


Work and Family Policy Options for Advocates and Legislators

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.


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.


Michigan

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.


North Carolina

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.


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.


New York

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.


Latino Workers and Their Families Need Paid Sick Days

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.


Paid Sick Days Protect the Economic Security of Working Families

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.


The Time for Paid Sick Days Is Now: Survey Shows Overwhelming Public Support For a Paid Sick Days Workplace Standard

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.


Orlando, Florida

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.


Washington, D.C.

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.


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.


Family Caregivers Need Paid Sick Days

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.


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