The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

That’s my son, Dominic. This is the food pantry of the Johnnycake Center. My son, he’s special needs. He has Down syndrome. He’s been volunteering for the pantry for like three years now.  I might be a person in need of some of this stuff, but when you’re in need you can also give back. I wouldn’t ever take if I didn’t need, and so I give back through volunteering.

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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