Lack of Sick Time Worries Workers as Coronavirus Looms

By Kathryn Dill 


Workers without paid sick days are faced with a dilemma—go to work sick, or risk losing wages or even their job if they stay home—but some localities have tried to build a safety net.

Eleven states and Washington, D.C., as well as 22 cities and counties, have laws that require employers to give workers paid sick days, usually between five and seven days a year, that accrue over time and can be used to recover from an illness, care for a sick family member or seek preventive medical care, according to the Center for Law and Social Policy.

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