The Hidden Cost of Swine Flu for Families

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Cynthia Ramnarace on Aug 24, 2009 at 2:47PM

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a Cynthia Ramnarace on Aug 24, 2009 at 2:46PM

Nearly half of private sector employees don't have paid sick days. Of low-income workers (the majority of whom are women), 79 percent do not have paid sick leave. "Working moms will want to stay home when their children are sick," says Steffany Stern, policy coordinator for the work and family team at the National Partnership for Women and Families. "But (with swine flu) people will be put into the impossible position of having to take that time off and not be paid for it and risk their jobs because they don't have that right to time off."

Swine flu generally runs its course in one week. For a home health aide, that would be a loss of approximately $424. A receptionist would be out an average of $502 for that week, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Cost: $500



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