Family Values @ Work

Sick in the City: What Lack of Paid Leave Means for New Yorkers

October 15, 2009

New York Paid Sick Days coalition member A Better Balance, with Community Service Society, have released a new report, “Sick in the City: What the Lack of Paid Leave Means for Working New Yorkers. The report found that nearly half of New York City workers do not have paid sick leave, and nearly two-thirds of low-income New Yorkers lack paid sick leave. The report is an analysis of eight years of findings from The Unheard Third, an annual survey of low-income and other New Yorkers.

The report found that low-income workers without paid sick leave are more likely to go to work sick, send sick children to school, be threatened by their employers, and use the emergency room for medical care than similar workers who have paid sick days.  With widespread concern about the flu and with legislation to require a minimum number of paid sick days  pending before the New York City Council, this research provides important new data on the implications of the lack of paid sick days for the spread of contagious illnesses and for health care costs.

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