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Research 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.


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.


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.


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.


Senate Bill for the Healthy Families Act in the 108th Congress

A bill to provide for paid sick leave to ensure that Americans can address their own health needs and the health needs of their families.


Work & Family Summit 2012 Summit Press Release (7/10/2012)

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.


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.


Statements from Coalition Leaders on Paid Sick Days

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.


Trabajadores Latinos y Sus Familias Necesitan Días Pagados por Enfermedad

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.


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.


Quick Facts from the 2010 NORC/ Public Welfare Foundation Paid Sick Days Survey

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.


Grandparent's Day 2010: Work-Family Policies Must Include Grandparents

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


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.


Paid Sick Days Testimony - March 1, 2011

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.


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.


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