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Challenge in Curbing the Spread of Swine Flu: Half of Workforce Lacks Paid Sick Days
Date:4/28/2009

be much more costly and dangerous than typical seasonal influenza.

The swine flu situation raises the question of the public health costs of failing to provide paid sick days. Despite the public health implications and popular support - four of five Americans think that paid sick days should be a basic labor standard - no national or state laws require that workers have paid sick days.

"Ensuring that all workers have access to a few paid sick days would yield far-reaching benefits to society and -- especially during a pandemic -- could have enormous preventive health and economic benefits. Many employers say they cannot afford to provide paid sick days, but during a time like this, society can't afford to take risks with the public's health," comments IWPR Vice President and Director of Research Dr. Barbara Gault.

The Healthy Families Act, which would require that paid sick time be provided by employers with fifteen or more employees, is likely to be reintroduced in Congress sometime next month.

For more information on paid sick days, visit www.iwpr.org.

The Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies. The Institute works with policymakers, scholars, and public interest groups to design, execute, and disseminate research that illuminates economic and social policy issues affecting women and their families, and to build a network of individuals and organizations that conduct and use women-oriented policy research. IWPR's work is supported by foundation grants, government grants and contracts, donations from individuals, and contributions from organizations and corporations. IWPR is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization that also works in affiliation with the women's
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