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Exploring the Need, Health Impact and Legal Establishment of Paid Sick Leave

posted on Thu, Feb 21 2013 12:00 am by The Network for Public Health Law

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Thursday, February 21, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. (ET).

Nearly 40 percent of private-sector employees in the U.S. do not have access to paid sick days, making it difficult for them to miss work when they are ill or have a doctor’s appointment. Those who do stay home often suffer lost wages and risk being fired from their jobs. To avoid financial insecurity, employees often go to work while sick. Paid sick days allow employees to stay home or seek preventive care without risking a family’s income or endangering the health of co-workers, customers and others. Going to work sick can also result in lost productivity and workplace injury. To remedy this problem, some U.S. cities and one state (Connecticut) have enacted laws requiring employers to provide paid sick days. In this webinar, presenters will examine the need for paid sick days, review current laws and campaigns for paid sick day laws, and examine the health implications of access to paid sick days.