Thursday, July 2, 2015

Earned Sick Days At Work: Passing the 10 MILLION Mark!

US Navy 050114-N-3659B-050 he Morale Welfare and Recreation Child Development Center on board Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, Tenn., provides daycare servicesJuly 1 marked the day that Massachusetts and California implemented the earned sick days bills that were passed in each state last year. These new bills, along with one passed in Oregon and another in Montgomery County, Maryland, brings the total number of locations with earned sick days to 24! That's 24 states, counties and cities that allow their workers to take care of themselves or a loved one without having to sacrifice income or employment.

And just how many people are now covered, you ask? More than 10,400,000 workers now have access to earned sick days nationwide.

The national effort to secure rights for workers and their families have ensured a higher standard of living for many men, women, and children. But our job is far from over! As special interest groups and lawmakers attempt to stop our progress or even take back gained provisions, please continue to support earned sick days and your communities.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Días Pagados Por Enfermedad vienen a Filadelfia el 13 de Mayo!

Sneeze in white hankieConoce sus derechos?

El Concejo Municipal aprobó recientemente la legislación diciendo que si usted trabaja* más de 40 horas al año en la ciudad de Filadelfia, usted califica para ganar tiempo por enfermedad para cuidar de usted o su familia.

Si usted trabaja para una empresa con diez o más empleados, usted puede ganar hasta cuarenta horas de tiempo pagado por enfermedad al año.

Si usted trabaja para una empresa con nueve empleados o menos, usted puede ganar hasta cuarenta horas de tiempo por enfermedad no pagado al año.

El proyecto de ley entrará en efecto el 13 de Mayo, 2015.

Si usted apoya esta ley, llame a sus legisladores estatales y dígales que no la revoquen!
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Paid Sick Leave for Preventive Health Care and Healthy Lives

Woman receives mammogram (3)The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) highlighted some important statistics on the relationship between paid sick leave and preventive health care.

Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect in 2010, health care access has opened up to numerous Americans, including low-income earners who were previously uninsured and women seeking preventive care. Unfortunately, too many Americans simply do not have the time to actually receive these services.

More than 40 million workers in the U.S. (39 percent) have no paid sick days and nearly 95 million workers (87 percent) have no paid family leave. 80 percent of low-wage workers earning $15,000 or less per year have no paid sick days.

Work protections such as paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave are crucial for preventive health care, which in turn is key for healthy and safe lives. Routine health checkups and screenings can help prevent or detect early on diseases and other health problems, but a 2015 study found that women without paid sick leave were 12 percent less likely to undergo breast cancer screening than women with paid sick leave.

A similar trend was found with attention to prenatal care. Additionally, about half of Americans who qualify for unpaid job protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) defer or choose to forgo care altogether because the financial cost of taking unpaid time off is too great.

21 jurisdictions have now passed earned sick days laws, but the need for such minimum standards continues.

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