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As coronavirus spreads, the CDC urges sick workers to stay home — but what if you don’t get paid sick leave?

Mar 5, 2020 / News Item
As scientists race to develop a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has prescribed “everyday preventive actions” to stem the spread of respiratory diseases, including staying home when sick. But some low-wage and gig workers might have a tough choice on their hands: heeding public-health guidance or earning a paycheck. Worldwide, there were 97,840 COVID-19 cases and 3,347 deaths as of Thursday; about 53,783 people worldwide have recovered, according to data published by the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering’s Center for Systems Science and...
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Paid sick leave could help prevent the spread of coronavirus — but 18 states bar local governments from enacting it

Mar 4, 2020 / News Item
The issue of paid sick leave has generated a huge amount of attention over the past week as the coronavirus continues spreading in the US with new cases diagnosed daily. Among measures the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended is staying home if you're ill. But that may be a luxury many people can't afford, given that around a quarter of all US workers have no paid sick days, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows. That comes out to 32 million people in the workforce. * * * The US is among the few developed nations that don't mandate employers to pay workers when...
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America needs paid sick leave laws to stop coronavirus from spreading

Mar 4, 2020 / News Item
Coronavirus has laid bare the extent to which the failure of our nation to require paid sick leave has now endangered all of us. Congress needs to urgently pass paid sick leave laws, but states and cities must not wait for that and take action now. In some jurisdictions, this may require making compromises, such as a sunset provision or some aid to small employers. Americans have long been laboring while sick, potentially passing illness to colleagues and the public, because they fear getting fired for missing work and cannot afford unpaid leave. According to the Federal Reserve, almost 40...
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Coronavirus Poses Dilemma for Workers Who Risk Losing Pay

Mar 3, 2020 / News Item
The 33.6 million U.S. workers with no access to sick leave would face a dilemma should they get sick during the coronavirus epidemic: stay at home and see paychecks shrink, or go to work and create health risks. Unlike many industrialized countries, U.S. workers aren't guaranteed pay when they take off from work due to illness. Economists and labor experts say that poses challenges for workers and employers in situations where sick pay isn't offered, or when workers are penalized for extended work absenses. * * *
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