Tuesday, May 26, 2009

U.S. Lags World in Paid Sick Days for Workers and Families

A new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) shows that the United States is the only one of 22 rich countries that fails to guarantee sick workers some form of paid sick leave.

The report, Contagion Nation: A Comparison of Paid Sick Day Policies in 22 Countries, finds that the U.S. is the only country among 22 countries ranked highly in terms of economic and human development that does not guarantee that workers receive paid sick days or paid sick leave. Under current U.S. labor law, employers are not required to provide short-term paid sick days or longer-term paid sick leave.

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