Fact sheet: Paid sick days

By Sara Yufa, JWI

Unpaid sick leave forces millions of Americans to sacrifice pay and risk losing their jobs when they, or a family member, become ill.  Yet in the United States there is no federal standard for paid sick days. nonsense     Women suffer disproportionately from this injustice since this happens:tumblr_mnvi5zzwi11rarypbo1_500   More often than this:  tumblr_n878wnJrdO1tg7u77o1_500Women are usually the party responsible for caring for their sick children.UStuw0TPaid sick leave is good for stronger businesses and the economy at large! Proven by successful national models, paid sick days foster financial security and healthy and productive work environments. a-b-yay   The Facts:

  • More than 40 million American workers cannot earn a single paid sick day to use when they get common illnesses.

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  • Millions more cannot earn time to care for a sick child or family member.

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  • Overwhelmingly, mothers have primary responsibility for selecting their children’s doctors and accompanying them to appointments.

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  • Nearly half of mothers report that they must miss work when a child is sick – and half of those mothers do not get paid when they do so.

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  • Just 3.5 unpaid days off costs a family without access to paid sick days, on average, its entire monthly grocery budget.

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  • One-fifth of women workers report that they have lost a job or were told they would lose a job for taking time off due to personal or family illness.

yj2Success at Home: The District of Columbia’s Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008 offers paid sick days to an additional 307,000 private sector workers in D.C. In assessing the impact of this law 5 years later, there was no evidence that businesses were ambivalent about staying in the city or that employers were discouraged from starting new businesses. In 2013, the D.C. City Council passed the Earned Sick and Safe Leave Amendment Act, expanding the original law to cover an additional 20,000 tipped restaurant and bar workers.  

The Healthy Families Act (S. 631/H.R. 1286) would provide workers with paid sick days to use to recover from illness, access preventive care or care for a sick family member.

Women, their families and our nation urgently need this vital political reform. Jewish Women International strongly supports public policies that strengthen economic security for women, especially those that combat unpaid sick days!  

This fact sheet was created with information provided by the National Partnership for Women and Families.    

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One response to “Fact sheet: Paid sick days

  1. I WAS FIRED FROM MY JOB AT WHOLE FOODS IN NORTH MIAMI, FLORIDA DUE TO ABSENTEEISM. MY DAUGHTER WAS ILL & IN & OUT OF THE HOSPITAL 5+ TIMES IN 1 YEAR.I AM A SINGLE PARENT AND DO NOT HAVE ANY FAMILY LIVING IN THE STATE OF FL. AS YET I HAVE STILL BEEN DENIED UNEMPLOYMENT AS WHOLE FOODS TOLD UNEMPLOYMENT I WAS FIRED DUE TO MISCONDUCT. THIS WAS THEIR WAY OF NOT PAYING FOR MY ABSENCES.THE PUBLIC NEEDS TO KNOW THAT WHOLE FOODS MARKET IS NOT THE CARING, WONDERFUL COMPANY THEY PORTRAY THEMSELVES TO BE!!

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