"Sick And Tired Of No Sick Leave"

(crossposted from the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces Blog)

Last week, NPR and The Nation published a story on the need for earned sick days that came out of the "Making it Work: Advancing Workplace Policies for Today's Families Conference" we were attending.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Fifty million workers in America — including 40 percent of the private workforce — lack paid sick days.
  • The average cost for sick leave per employer-hour worked in the private sector was just 23 cents.
  • According to IWPR, passage of the Healthy Families Act would result in workers saving over $100 million per year in out-of-pocket expenses for the seasonal flu alone; paid family leave to care for elderly parents or other relatives could save over $700 million annually by avoiding temporary placement in care facilities. 
What can you do to help all workers earn a minimal amount of time to use when they or their families are sick?

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