Poor and Hispanic Workers Are Least Likely to Have Sick Days (March 5, 2014)

By Olga Khazan, The Atlantic

New York City last week mandated that companies with five or more employees offer at least five paid sick days to their workers, becoming one of only a handful of cities to establish paid sick leave.

Meanwhile, 10 states have passed laws prohibiting local governments from establishing sick-leave laws.

A new analysis from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, a nonprofit that advocates for pro-family policies, found that in 2012 it was primarily poor, Hispanic workers who were most likely to go without paid sick days. Overall, the organization found that 39 percent of private-sector workers over the age of 18 must choose between getting paid or staying home when they fall ill.