As most of you know, there are many employers that don’t provide employees with PTO or paid sick days which makes it very difficult for some to take off in the case of an illness or emergency.
The survey results were released today from a survey conducted by the Public Welfare Foundation and the National Partnership for Women.
The results were compelling:
More than half of workers without paid sick days have gone to work with a contagious illness like the flu;
People without paid sick days are twice as likely to say they have used a hospital emergency room because they were unable to take off of work during their normal work hours;
Nearly twice as many workers without paid sick days have sent a sick child to school or daycare;
Three in four respondents agree that paid sick days are a basic worker’s right; and
86 percent of respondents back a plan that would allow workers to earn a minimum of seven paid sick days per year.
This confirms what we’ve all known to be true: all workers need paid sick days.
Especially in this tough economy, we should all be able to take care of our families — without risking our jobs or our own health.
Urge Congress to Support the Healthy Families Act — federal legislation that allows workers to earn paid sick days, including more than 40 million U.S. workers who don’t have them today.
Click on the following link to send a note to Congress encouraging them to pass the Healthy Families Act.