Family-friendly workplace policies like paid sick days are among the lowest cost benefits employers can offer. Yet, without legislative action, the recession will result in fewer workers able to balance the demands of work and family.
86% of the public favors legislation that would mandate seven paid sick days per year for all employers, according to study sponsored by the Public Welfare Fund in collaboration with the National Partnership of Women and Families. Even when the public is asked about mandating nine paid sick days per year, 71% still support the proposed legislation. The study found that paid sick days legislation enjoys deep public support across all demographics and political leanings, including large majorities of Republicans as well as Democrats.
State Sen. Ray Cleary, a South Carolina Republican, has proposed S.286
to create a free dental screening program for schoolchildren in at
least 3 of the state's poorest counties - where children are most
likely to go without regular dental care. Sen. Cleary, a dentist
to combat the adverse effects that poor dental health has on a child's
education, including the inability to focus while in school because of
pain and missed school days. According to the Pew Center on the States,
tooth decay is the most common childhood disease, affecting 60% of all
children and causing kids across the country to miss 51 million hours
of school time each year.