Written in 2006 by Vicky Lovell for the Institute for Women's Policy Research
Lovell’s issue brief explains how providing paid sick days promotes a healthier, more productive workforce and reduces the spread of disease in the workplace. Inversely, workers who must go to work sick because they lack paid sick days may infect coworkers and customers, increasing work absence and health care spending.
Written in 2007, Jodie Levin-Epstein, Center for Law and Social Policy, Washington, DC. Levin-Epstein’s report examines the public health risks associated with the lack of paid sick days among low-wage accommodation and food industry workers. She argues that providing paid sick days for workers in all sectors would not only benefit workers’ health and their families, but public health, as well.