No Time to Be Sick

Why Everyone Suffers When Workers Don’t Have Paid Sick Leave

By Institute for Women’s Policy Research

November 22, 2004


This report highlights the importance of paid sick leave in building a strong, healthy workforce. It tells how current benefits fall short, who still lacks access (nearly half of all private sector employees!), and what policymakers can do to expand paid sick leave programs in America.  

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Key Takeaway

Our approach to paid sick leave is broken — and failing tens of millions of workers

American employers are reducing their paid sick leave programs. This means that an increasing number of employees must make a difficult decision when they fall ill: Clock in to work anyway or put their jobs in jeopardy by taking unauthorized time off.

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