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Sick at Work: Infected Employees in the Workplace During the H1N1 Pandemic
by Robert Drago, Ph.D., Kevin Miller, Ph.D. (January 2010)

During the recent flu pandemic, workers were urged to stay home when ill. Many employees in the U.S., however, either cannot take leave when they or a child are sick or do not receive pay for doing so, forcing them to choose between their paycheck and the health of their children, customers, coworkers, and selves. 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics survey data reveal that two of five private sector workers lack paid sick days coverage, though 89 percent of state and local government employees and virtually all federal workers receive paid sick days.

#B284, Briefing Paper, 14 pages
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