Thursday, March 25, 2010

Got 23 Cents to Spare? That's the Cost for One Hour of Earned Sick Time

A new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics offers some great information on earned sick time throughout the US.  According to the report:
  • 61 percent of all private industry workers have earned sick time
    • 84 percent of all workers in the occupational group "Management, professional and related" have access to earned sick time
    • 42 percent of all workers in the occupational group "Service" have access to earned sick time
  • 73 percent of full-time private industry workers and 23 percent of part-time private industry workers have access to earned sick time
  • 81 percent of workers in the highest wage bracket have earned sick time, compared to 33 percent in the lowest wage bracket
  • In March 2009, the average cost of sick leave per employee hour worked for private-sector employers was 23 cents.
    • In "Management, professional and related" the cost is 53 cents
    • In "Service" the cost is only 8 cents
In Pennsylvania, 46 percent of all workers lack earned sick time.  In Philadelphia, 44 percent of all workers lack earned sick time.  How can you take action?

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