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Nearly half of private sector workers in the U.S. have no paid sick days, and 94 million working people do not have paid sick days to care for a sick child or family member.
This means that American workers are being forced to choose between their loved ones and their paychecks when illness strikes.
There is a solution on the horizon. The Healthy Families Act, co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and Representative Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT), would guarantee seven paid sick days per year for full-time employees, and a pro-rata number for part-time employees. It would guarantee paid sick days to recover from an illness, to care for a sick family member or to attend doctor visits. The National Partnership is leading a coalition to ensure that American workers no longer have to choose between their health and their families’ well-being.
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- Too Sick to Work? That's Simply Too Bad (July 5, 2009 Star Tribune)
- NYC could mandate sick days (July 2, 2009 Associated Press)
- Sick days help halt spread of disease (June 28, 2009 Denver Post)
- Don't want swine flu with lunch? Then offer paid sick leave (June 18, 2009 New York Daily News)
- Paid Sick Days, a Luxury in the U.S. (June 2009 Poder 360)
- Report: Paid Sick Leave Doesn’t Hurt Economy (June 13, 2009 AFL-CIO NOW Blog)
- Sick-Leave Lives Despite Milwaukee Ruling (June 12, 2009 Daily Reporter)
- Trying Times Call for Healthy Families Act (June 8, 2009 Women's eNews)
- Let Sick Workers Stay Home (June 6, 2009 Boston Globe)
- Staying Home When Sick Might Be Wise (May 27, 2009 Forbes)
- Bill Would Guarantee Up to 7 Paid Sick Days (May 15, 2009 New York Times)
- A Case for Paid Sick Days (May 15, 2009 San Francisco Chronicle)
- Swine Flu or Not, Many Workers Can't Stay Home (May 1, 2009 Associated Press)