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Institute for Women’s Policy Research NO TIME TO BE SICK: Why Everyone Suffers When Workers Don’t have Paid Sick Leave
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IWPR B242 $10.00 ISBN 1-878428-87-X ©2004 by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Washington, D.C. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. IWPR Board of Directors Ellen Delany, Chair Delany, Siegel, Zorn & Associates, Inc. Marcia Worthing, Vice Chair Mullin & Associates, Ltd. Esmeralda O. Lyn, Treasurer Hofstra University Martha Darling, Secretary Education Policy Consultant Heidi Hartmann, President Institute for Women’s Policy Research Mariam Chamberlain NCRW Founding President Linda Chavez-Thompson AFL-CIO Lenora Cole University of Maryland University College Maria Ferris IBM Irasema Garza AFSCME Yvonne Jackson Pfizer, Inc. Paulette Kessler Health Policy Analyst Kay Schlozman Boston College Brooke Shearer International Partnership for Microbicides Evan Stark Rutgers University Kathleen Kennedy Townsend Operation Respect Emily van Agtmael Van Agtmael Interiors Joan Wainwright Merck & Co., Inc. Sheila Wellington New York University Published by: Institute for Women’s Policy Research 1707 L Street, NW, Suite 750 Washington, DC 20036 Tel: 202/785-5100 Fax: 202/833-4362 www.iwpr.org About this Report This report was made possible by funding from the Ford Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report was published as a part of IWPR’s ongoing project on job quality issues. The author wishes to thank the Bureau of Labor Statistics for providing access to confidential microdata from the EBS and the ECI under an Intergovernmental Personnel Act agreement. The analysis could not have been completed without the gracious and timely help of the BLS staff. In particu- lar, Tony Barkume, Bill Wiatrowski, Al Blostin, and Mike Lettau provided invaluable assistance with understanding the BLS surveys and preparing our dataset. (Any mistakes in use or interpretation of these data remain solely my own.) The complexities of the various BLS datafiles used in the analysis were decoded (with the help of BLS personnel noted above) by Gi-Taik Oh, former IWPR Senior Research Analyst. Misha Werschkul of IWPR provided excellent research assistance. Thanks are also due to Jodi Grant of the National Partnership for Women and Families for helpful feedback on earlier drafts of the report.
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ii NO TIME TO BE SICK: Why Everyone Suffers When Workers Don’t have Paid Sick Leave Vicky Lovell, Ph.D. Institute for Women’s Policy Research 1707 L Street NW, Suite 750 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 785-5100 www.iwpr.org
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Institute For Women’s Policy Research www.iwpr.org ii Abstract Paid sick leave gives workers an opportunity to regain their health, return to full productivity at work, and avoid spreading disease to their co-work- ers, all of which reduces employers’ overall absence expense. When used to care for sick chil- dren, it helps them get well faster and reduces job turnover of working parents. Workers who care for adult relatives, including the elderly, need paid sick leave to take care of their loved ones’ chronic and acute medical problems. However, new analysis of
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