Congress lets paid sick, family and medical leave mandate expire
By Samantha Fields
“It really is devastating for working people, particularly, and the public,” said Tanya Goldman, senior policy attorney at The Center for Law and Social Policy. “We’re at a moment when the country is experiencing over 200,000 new cases a day of the virus. One study found that the emergency paid sick days reduced COVID by 15,000 cases a day in states that had newly-gained access to paid sick days.”
“These are workers who may face the choice where they cannot stay home, even if they are sick with COVID, because they would lose income that they need to pay for rent, to pay for groceries,” Goldman said.