08/31/2012

Study Finds Benefits of Paid Sick Leave

A National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) study published
online on July 19 by the American Journal of Public Health found that workers
with access to paid sick leave were almost 30% less likely to suffer nonfatal
occupational injuries than workers without access to paid sick leave. The study
results suggest that paid sick leave makes a greater difference in occupations
and sectors with a high risk of injury, such as construction, manufacturing,
agriculture, and healthcare and social assistance. Paid sick leave can also
decrease other risks and costs related to sick workers, such as spread of
contagious diseases to coworkers. Despite the potential benefits for employers
offering paid sick leave, 43% of American private sector workers reported not
having access to this benefit during the study period.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)