Legislators Step Up Push for Paid Sick Leave (February 22, 2013)

By Melanie Trottman, The Wall Street Journal

Amid the worst flu season in recent years, lawmakers in at least a half-dozen cities and states are intensifying a push for laws requiring paid time off when workers take sick days.

Some 39% of private-sector workers aren’t entitled to paid time off when they fall ill, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and 11% of state and local government workers lack the benefit. Low-wage and part-time workers, particularly those at small firms or who work in restaurants, are among the least likely to get paid sick time.