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Every year, millions of Americans face a choice between their health and their paycheck because they have no access to paid sick leave.
Having that access gives people the chance to recover from an illness, get timely treatment, or take care of sick children or relatives. It makes sense for people's health, and for the economy, which is why five states and 23 localities across the U.S. have already adopted paid sick leave standards.
President Obama is about to set new rules to make sure companies with federal contracts offer paid sick leave, and right now the Department of Labor is collecting comments about the new standards. His new proposal will expand access to paid sick leave for more than 800,000 workers, nearly half of whom currently have no access at all.
Say you support President Obama's plan to require federal contractors to offer paid sick leave to their employees -- submit a comment today.
Everyone gets sick, and everyone should be able to earn the ability to stay home from work when they're under the weather or need to take care of a loved one -- without risking their paycheck. Paid sick leave not only reduces health care costs, it provides the kind of flexibility that boosts employee retention, both of which are good for businesses and the economy.
More than 40 million private-sector workers -- and 80 percent of our country's lowest wage workers -- don't have that flexibility. This new move by President Obama doesn't solve the whole problem, but it's an important step in the right direction.
Say you support the paid sick leave proposal by submitting a comment today:
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