Paid Sick Days in North Carolina
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- • Nearly half of North Carolina workers, 1.6 million people, lack a single paid sick day (1).
- • 64% of all North Carolina married families with children send both spouses to work (2).
- • Research by the Institute for Women's Policy Research shows that providing workers with paid sick days allows the ill to recover more quickly, lowers health care costs for the workers and the employer, reduces employee absences, improves retention and increases productivity.
- • Nationally, Working women are particularly disadvantaged by the lack of paid sick days to care for family members. Almost half (49%) of working mothers report the need to miss work for care of a sick child and almost half of these mothers have no sick leave (3).
- • Paid sick days lead to better outcomes for children's health. Parents who have paid sick days are more than five times as likely to be able to care for their children themselves when they get sick as parents who do not have paid sick days (4).
- • Research shows that working parents need to take around four days off per year to care for each school-age child, given the incidence of illness among school-age children (5).
Source: www.ncsickdays.org 3
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation 4
Source: Heymann, Earle and Penrose 20075
Source: Lovell, 2004