Report: 1-in-3 Americans Don't Get Paid Sick Days

By: CNN
By: CNN

You know that coughing co-worker you wish would stay home? Turns out, many Americans cannot afford to.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly a third of the nation's employees can not take sick days.

While most full-timers get paid sick days, only a fraction of part-time workers get them.

That's raising health risks on everyone as the flu outbreak hits early and hard this year.

It's also costly for businesses.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that even a typical flu season costs companies about 10-point-four-billion dollars in direct costs for hospitalizations and outpatient visits for adults.


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