www.epi.org -- U.S. employers, unlike those in many other industrialized countries, are not legally required to give workers any time off for illness, or to care for a sick family member. While some employers do provide paid sick leave, it is rarely offered to the lowest-paid workers. Only 21% of those earning wages in the bottom 10% of the wage scale have sick leave. By contrast, 81% of the highest-paid workers have some paid sick leave.
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