NSC expo
Subscribe or Register
View Cart  

Earn recertification points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals by taking a quiz about this issue.

What's Your Opinion?

During your career as a safety professional, has a worker death ever occurred at your site?

Take the poll and add your comment.

Vote Results

Does your CEO 'Get it?'

Tell us why on the submission form and your CEO could appear among the 2016 selections.

No paid sick days for 44 million workers: report

January 12, 2011

  • / Print
  • Reprints
  • Text Size:
    A A

Washington – Only 58 percent of private-sector employees in the United States were offered paid sick leave in 2010, according to research (.pdf file) released Jan. 4 from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. That figure represents 44 million workers.

"The fewer the number of workers who are able to stay home when sick, the more likely it is that diseases will spread," said Dr. Robert Drago, director of research at IWPR. "We saw this during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic."

People working in the food service and preparation industry were least likely to be offered paid sick leave, with 77 percent of workers not having access. Construction and excavation, personal care and services, and protective services also had low rates of paid sick leave.

Although these overall figures are 4 percent higher than the most recent estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' National Compensation Survey, the BLS figures do not account for employees who are not yet provided paid sick time due to employer tenure requirements. IWPR's research corrects for such requirements.

On average, employees must wait 78 working days (approximately 3.5 months) before paid sick leave is made available.

Post a comment to this article

Safety+Health welcomes comments that promote respectful dialogue. Please stay on topic. Comments that contain personal attacks, profanity or abusive language – or those aggressively promoting products or services – will be removed. We reserve the right to determine which comments violate our comment policy.