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United States: coronavirus outbreak highlights inequalities in paid sick leave and relaunches debate on sick leave rights
Planet Labor, 11 March 2020, n°11711 - www.planetlabor.com

Until now the US has opposed paid sick leave. This stance may be changing as the coronavirus takes a grip over the nation. Democrats are putting forward draft sick-leave legislation and the Republican President, Donald Trump appears willing to listen. According to Labor Ministry statistics, as things currently stand, one in four employees (32 million) have no access to paid sick leave and featuring among them are those in the most precarious forms of employment. All of which serves to direct a spotlight on the means used to stall the spread of the virus, as well as on inequalities operating within the nation’s population.

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