Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Working Parents’ Lack of Access to Paid Leave and Workplace Flexibility

Most workers whose employers offer paid sick days are able to take them in order to
stay home and provide care for ill family members. Others with access to workplace
flexibility can work from home or otherwise change their schedules in order to stay home with a sick child. But all too often this is not an option for working parents because they do not have access to paid sick leave or workplace flexibility. This can place parents in a precarious situation when their children fall ill—something which can happen quite frequently.

Unlike every other advanced economy, the United States does not guarantee workers the right to paid sick days or paid parental leave after the arrival of a new child. Other economies such as Germany, Sweden, and Switzerland are excelling while guaranteeing leave benefits for workers.

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