The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

We were waiting in line for Christmas dinner baskets. We were all raised up together in the same part of town, and we were waiting together. For as long as we stood in the cold, they were uplifted and spirits were high. These are some good, strong women that just need a break. They come to my house and they sit there and wait for me to drop words of encouragement and I just tell them, “You just have to hang on in there.”

Earned Sick Leave

Sick leave is an employee benefit that can be used when workers or their family members are ill.  Not all employers offer sick leave as a benefit, and because many low-income jobs pay at an hourly rate, sick time is often not compensated.  Parents, especially single parents, whose children have medical problems often find that they must lose pay or even a job because they have to miss work to care for their sick children.

Current Issue

In 2011, Philadelphia City Council passed legislation mandating that employers provide a minimal number of earned sick days to their employees each year. Mayor Nutter subsequently vetoed the legislation for fear that it would hurt job creation.  City Council has not voted to override the Mayor's veto to date.  

 

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