Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Joint Economic Committee Report on Earned Sick Time

Last week, the Joint Economic Committee released a report showing the impact that The Healthy Families Act would have on workers in the United States.  The Healthy Families Act is a federal bill that would ensure workers whose companies employ 15 or more would have the opportunity to earn up to 56 hours of earned sick time each year to care for themselves or for ill family members, or to use in the aftermath of domestic violence.  Currently, there is no law that ensures workers have access to earned sick time, leaving 40 percent of the private sector without paid sick time.

According to the Joint Economic Committee report:
  • As a result of the Healthy Families Act, at least 30.3 million additional workers would have access to earned sick time. Almost half of the increased access to paid sick leave (14.7 million additional workers) would accrue to workers in the bottom wage quartile.
  • Among these workers would be 6 million food service workers and 1.4 million personal care workers. Currently, only 2.3 million food service workers and 1.3 million personal care workers have access to earned sick time. These workers are often low-wage (making unpaid time off unaffordable) and come into contact with vulnerable populations through their jobs.
To learn more, please read the report, and visit the JEC website to see related links and files.

Image courtesy of: http://www.flickr.com/photos/amigurumisweet/ / CC BY-NC 2.0

No comments:

Post a Comment

Advisory/Press Release (39) autism (2) behind the kitchen door (1) BKD (2) business (40) campaign (2) cdc (1) Center for Social Policy (1) center of american progress (2) child care (1) children (18) city council (7) Coalition (80) costs (11) coverage (2) data (2) domestic violence (8) earned sick time (25) economic opportunity institute (2) economic security (27) elder (5) election (2) election day (1) equal pay (7) event (42) family (33) Family Act (4) family leave (10) fda (1) Federal Poverty level (1) flu (7) fmla (4) food safety (1) food safety modernization act (1) gender gap (2) H1N1 (7) health (4) health care (16) Healthy Families Act (21) huffington post (2) huffpo (2) implementation (4) injury (1) institute for women's policy research (2) insurance (1) law (2) legislation (45) legislators (1) legislature (1) letter to editor (7) letter writing (6) LGBT (4) living wage (4) living wage bill (8) low wage (5) maternity care coalition (1) May 13 (1) mayor (17) minimum wage (1) mobilize (1) national (11) new hampshire university (1) New York City (1) Newsletter (3) Nutter (2) NutterWatch (9) occupational injury (1) op-ed (7) other states/cities (23) PA (38) paid (1) paid leave (27) paid sick days (34) Pennsylvania (3) petition (12) Philadelphia (151) Philly ROC (4) pictures (4) Pitt (1) polling (2) poverty (2) preemption (5) pregnancy (4) press (34) prevention (1) public comment (5) public health (31) ranking (1) regulations (2) report (15) restaurant workers (3) restaurants (10) ROC (1) safe time (1) san francisco (17) SB 333 (1) Seattle (1) Shriver Center (1) sign-on (1) SPM (1) stats (10) Story (23) study (4) Supplmental Poverty measure (1) take action (35) tax credits (1) transportation (1) trust across america (1) university of Boston (1) university of Michigan (1) University of Pittsburgh (1) veto (1) video (3) Virginia (1) volunteer (1) vote (6) vote for homes (1) voter id (1) Washington DC (1) women (15) work flexibility (1) work-life balance (14) workers (3) world economic forum (1)