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APTR Calls on Congress to Pass Federal Sick Days Legislation

Friday, March 13, 2020  
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APTR is grateful for the quick passage of the $8.3 supplemental appropriations bill, the “Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act.” This funding will help state and local public health officials with their response to the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.  As the United States faces a sharp increase in community transmission of COVID-19, APTR recognizes that additional actions are needed by the Administration and Congress. 

The absence of paid sick leave has been linked to or has exacerbated infectious disease outbreaks.iv  During the H1N1 pandemic of 2009, an estimated 7 million individuals were infected as a result of contagious coworkers not staying home from work when ill.v Further exacerbating employee pressure to report to work is the fact that only three out of every 10 American adults have emergency savings that they could tap if forced to stay home without paid leave.vi These kinds of inequities and vulnerabilities raise serious consequences for families, and for the economy as a whole.  

While short-term steps are needed to address the current challenges, additional action is needed to ensure that paid sick days and other economic supports are readily available to all Americans, regardless of their socioeconomic status. We, the signatory organizations, strongly encourage the Administration and Congress to pass and implement federal paid sick days legislation.

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