Help Make Sick Days a Reality

80% of low-wage workers have no right to a single paid sick day. The majority of those workers are mothers with young children. That’s over 2.5 million workers who can be fired for missing work to care for their sick child, themselves or an elderly parent. Working mothers should be able to take the time off they need to care for themselves and their families.

Help Make Sick Days a Reality

80% of low-wage workers have no right to a single paid sick day. The majority of those workers are mothers with young children. That’s over 2.5 million workers who can be fired for missing work to care for their sick child, themselves or an elderly parent. Working mothers should be able to take the time off they need to care for themselves and their families.

Help Make Sick Days a Reality

Over 13 million women have no right to a single paid sick day. Women risk losing their jobs to stay home to care for themselves, their sick child or an elderly parent. Workers who come to work sick are less productive and infect other workers, customers, and the public. To ensure workplaces are healthy, people need to be able to take the time off they need to get better.

FMLA Turns 20, But Doesn't Go Far Enough

CHICAGO—February 5th marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by President Bill Clinton. The FMLA was designed to address the need for workers to take temporary, job-protected leave due to personal or family illness, or childbirth. Women Employed played an instrumental role in getting FMLA passed and signed.

But FMLA doesn’t go far enough. We need to expand the law to ensure all workers can take paid, job-protected leave.

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