About 40 percent of private sector employees do not have paid sick leave, according to recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This figure translates to around 44 million people.
Of all workers in the private sector, those in maintenance (construction, extraction, farming, fishing, and forestry) had the lowest rate, with only 36 percent getting paid sick leave. Those in services followed at 39 percent. The number was highest among those in management, business, and finance at 88 percent.
In a blog post, Labor Secretary Perez called for a national policy on paid sick leave. He notes that the lack of paid sick leave affects low-wage workers at even higher rates than the average. He adds “those most likely to suffer from a missed day of wages are also those least likely to be afforded paid time off.” Statistics he cited indicate that 78 percent of private sector workers earning under $9.00 an hour cannot earn paid sick days.
The data on sick leaves was part of a report released by the BLS last month, Employee Benefits in the United States. The report provides data on access to major employee benefits, such as paid holidays and medical care.
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