One in Three Workers Don't Have Paid Sick Days - KTUL.com - Tulsa, Oklahoma - News, Weather & Sports

One in Three Workers Don't Have Paid Sick Days

Posted: Updated:

You've probably already gotten the office memo - stay home from work if you feel sick. But as many as one in three Americans can't take their bosses up on that offer - because they don't have paid sick days.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says around 80% of full time workers get paid sick days while only 25% of part time workers do. That means almost 41 million Americans can't afford to stay home when they're sick-- which puts everyone else at risk. In fact, the American Journal of Public Health says an additional five million people were infected with flu symptoms in 2009... mainly because they caught it from a co-worker.

Add it all up, and the seasonal flu can get quite costly. The Center for Disease Control estimates a typical flu season costs businesses about 9 to 10 billion dollars in direct costs... things like worker hospitalizations, outpatient and emergency visits, medication. And that doesn't even count indirect costs like lost productivity and sales.

So while providing sick days may seem too expensive for some employers, it can actually be more costly to withhold them. An analyst with the Center for American Progress says the U.S. is the only developed country without a law ensuring workers have the right to have paid sick days.

(source: CNN)

  • NewsMore>>

  • 3 Things to Know Friday

    3 Things to Know Friday

    Here are the 3 things to know today.More >>
    Here are the 3 things to know today.More >>
  • Motorcyclist Injured After Striking Police Unit

    Motorcyclist Injured After Striking Police Unit

    A motorcyclist was transported to an area hospital after colliding with a police officer's patrol unit in west Tulsa.The accident took place near 1700 W. Edison Street.Police say the officer involved in the accident had turned on to Edison while the motorcyclist was traveling eastbound on the street. The injured motorcyclist collided with the police unit. Police say he was conscious when transported, but in significant pain.More >>
    A motorcyclist was transported to an area hospital after colliding with a police officer's patrol unit in west Tulsa.The accident took place near 1700 W. Edison Street.Police say the officer involved in the accident had turned on to Edison while the motorcyclist was traveling eastbound on the street. The injured motorcyclist collided with the police unit. Police say he was conscious when transported, but in significant pain.More >>
  • The Weleetka Murders - Long Road To Justice

    The Weleetka Murders - Long Road To Justice

    He walked into the stairwell a guilty man. Kevin Sweat, moments after entering a plea owning up to three murders."It was pretty emotional to hear his plea," said Faye Taylor.Faye and Michael's daughter, Ashley Taylor, was Sweat's girlfriend and the third murder victim."Of course it was devastating to find out that my daughter's boyfriend was the one that murdered them," said Michael Taylor.20 miles away at Outlaws Grocery and Restaurant in Weleetka…"It blew this town away," said Tracee Willia...More >>
    He walked into the stairwell a guilty man. Kevin Sweat, moments after entering a plea owning up to three murders."It was pretty emotional to hear his plea," said Faye Taylor.Faye and Michael's daughter, Ashley Taylor, was Sweat's girlfriend and the third murder victim."Of course it was devastating to find out that my daughter's boyfriend was the one that murdered them," said Michael Taylor.20 miles away at Outlaws Grocery and Restaurant in Weleetka…"It blew this town away," said Tracee Willia...More >>

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
Powered by WorldNow

P.O. Box 8 Tulsa, OK 74101-0008

Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTUL. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.