"Sick Days for Healthy Recovery" - OpEd in Philadelphia Business Journal
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Sick days for healthy recovery
Philadelphia Business Journal - by Eileen Appelbaum and Lonnie Golden
The most recent national jobs reports show improvements in the labor market, but the employment gains and the falling unemployment rate are still largely the result of a decline in layoffs and firings of workers.
Hiring remains weak as the latest government report on job openings and labor turnover shows. In a job market still facing challenges, reducing the number of workers who are laid off or fired is essential to building a healthier labor market, strengthening the recovery and spreading its benefits. Mandating paid sick days is one policy that will help employers keep workers in jobs.