However, the United States still one of 11 countries, and is the only wealthy nation to have no federal paid sick leave. During the pandemic, most of the rich countries in the Temporary Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development extend their sick leave to protect quarantined and self-employed workers, and to keep employers from paying for sick leave.
March 2020, the beginning of the pandemic, is first The United States offers comprehensive paid leave. The program expired in December of that year. It spends two weeks for workers who are sick or in need of care for someone, and 12 weeks to care for children whose schools are closed. The employer has been fully reimbursed in the form of payroll tax deductions.
Vacation is not included more than a half private sector workers, including those employed by companies with more than 500 workers and in many small businesses. Even so, there is evidence that it has slowed the spread of Covid. Research published in health issues compares new Covid cases in states that have already been given sick leave with those that are taken off because of the new law. After adjusting for factors such as testing and lockdown, they estimate that the new leave has prevented 15,000 cases per day nationwide. Another study, by Kaiser Family Foundationfound that paid sick leave increased vaccination rates.
Nicolas Ziebarth, an economist at Cornell who was one of the researchers on the first study, said: “High-quality data shows that the likelihood of infection decreases when workers are given sick leave. “It prevents infectious disease for workers coming to work.”
The Democratic Party long ago being pushed out of work permanently with pay for a variety of reasons, including illness, having a new baby, and caring for a family. Initially, President Biden’s major social spending bill included 12 weeks of sabbatical. But that plan has not received enough support from Congress, including from any Republicans.
For now, Democrats have narrowed down their ambitions to focus on a temporary program that provides emergency time off for Covid. They hope this smaller version is more likely to get the Republican vote. Covid’s first paid leave, in 2020, was passed under President Trump with bipartisan support.
An official there said the American Chamber of Commerce does not support taking paid leave amid the crisis, because Covid seems to be here to stay. The House of Representatives opposed using funding to get the job done, instead arguing it in Congress as an independent policy. And it says now is not the time for it as restrictions such as mask regulations are being eased, including by Democratic governors.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/21/upshot/paid-leave-covid-democrats.html One key to getting back to normal is paid sick leave, Democrats say