Workplace Safety and Earned Sick Days: Intersections and Opportunities for Advocacy
Around the country, advocates are campaigning for laws that will enable workers to earn paid sick days. Already, the cities of San Francisco and Seattle, the District of Columbia, and the state of Connecticut, have passed earned sick days laws. The need for these laws is pressing: 40 percent of American workers lack access to sick days. Health concerns related to the lack of paid sick days often focus on the spread of disease. However, another serious public health implication is less well known: worker safety. A recent study found that workers with paid sick leave were 28 percent less likely than those without leave to be injured on the job.
Liz Borkowski, Research Associate in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health & Health Services
Wendy Chun-Hoon, D.C. Director, Family Values @ Work
Tom O’Connor, Executive Director, National Council for Occupational Health and Safety
Barbara Rahke, Director, Philadelphia Area Project on Occupational Safety and Health
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