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U.S. Trails World in Paid Time Off as 40% Don’t Get Money

“When I come to work sick and make co-workers or customers sick, that’s not good for the economy,” Ellen Bravo, executive director of Family Values @ Work, a Milwaukee-based advocacy network, said in a telephone interview. “If I lose my job, that’s not good for the economy. If I can’t pay my bills, that’s not good for the economy, either.”

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Can’t Momma Get a (Paid) Day Off?

I’ve had premature babies. I’ve had cancer. I’ve had it good.

Unlike most new mothers and people with major illnesses, I didn’t have to worry about taking unpaid leave.

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Dr. Silva’s Story

“I’ve had a first hand opportunity to see the impact that not being able to take off work when you’re sick has on people. [People are forced to make choices] between their body and their dignity and potentially losing their jobs; it’s not fair.”

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Working While Sick: ROC-Miami Report Shows Dangerous Mix of Low Wages and No Paid Sick Days

Nine in ten Miami restaurant workers don’t have a single paid sick day and most can’t afford unpaid time off.

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Lauren’s Story

“Paid Family Leave is really important and I think it is something that all parents should be aware of so that they can bond with their child as long as possible. I was able to stay at home and not have to worry about the financial impact of [doing so] without pay.”

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Patricia’s Story

As a union stewardess I saw a manager tell a bus monitor that she “didn’t care [that] she’d have to find another family member to take her kid [with a heart problem] to the doctor.”

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Study: Paid sick-time would help employers, too

According to the study, implementing the initiative would cost Orange County employers $33.8 million a year, or an average 17 cents an hour per worker. Workers covered by the paid sick-time initiative would use an average of 2.5 sick days a year, the study says.

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Working While Sick

More than 40 million American workers get no paid sick leave. They have to work when ill or take unpaid sick days, which can lead to financial hardship, or, worse, dismissal. The best way to address this workplace and public

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