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The Los Angeles Times interviewed Dr. Jody Heymann, founding director of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health’s WORLD Policy Analysis Center and a UCLA distinguished professor of public health, public policy and medicine, about about a study she co-authored that shows that with paid sick leave, workers are more likely to not go to work when they are ill.
If you’re looking for an area in which the United States is indisputably a global standout, here it is: paid sick leave.
Unfortunately, not in a good way. Of United Nations member countries, 181 provide paid leave in some form. Eleven do not, including the U.S.
That places America in an elite group that includes the Pacific Island nations of Tonga, Tuvalu, and Nauru, along with Somalia (which is barely a functioning nation at all).