STATEMENT: CAP Senior Economist Heather Boushey on H1N1 and Paid Sick Leave
Contact: Madeline Meth
"The Obama administration’s public commitment to "the Healthy Families Act and other proposals that advance workplace flexibility and protect the income and security of workers" is an important step forward for all working families. We highlighted these important issues in The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything and were encouraged that the Administration was taking these issues seriously by the fruitful discussion we had with Vice President Biden and the Middle Class Task Force last week.
The Healthy Families Act will provide workers with up to seven job-protected paid sick days each year and help reduce the spread of infectious diseases like H1N1. Last spring, as schools closed across America to reduce the spread of H1N1, many parents had to choose between sending their child to a child care center, letting their child stay home alone, or even sending them to the mall and losing a day’s pay-or potentially even their job-to stay home with their child. This is not a choice Americans should have to make. Yet today, since four in five families with children do not have a full-time, stay-at-home parent, workers must choose between their job and caring for their families.
The administration’s recognition of this dilemma and their support of the Healthy Families Act demonstrates their commitment to build a strong middle class and help all workers and their families."
To speak with our experts on this topic, please contact:
Print: Liz Bartolomeo (poverty, health care)
202.481.8151 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Print: Tom Caiazza (foreign policy, energy and environment, LGBT issues, gun-violence prevention)
202.481.7141 or email@example.com
Print: Allison Preiss (economy, education)
202.478.6331 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Print: Tanya Arditi (immigration, Progress 2050, race issues, demographics, criminal justice, Legal Progress)
202.741.6258 or email@example.com
Print: Chelsea Kiene (women's issues, TalkPoverty.org, faith)
202.478.5328 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Print: Benton Strong (Center for American Progress Action Fund)
202.481.8142 or email@example.com
Spanish-language and ethnic media: Jennifer Molina
202.796.9706 or firstname.lastname@example.org
TV: Rachel Rosen
202.483.2675 or email@example.com
Radio: Sally Tucker
202.482.8103 or firstname.lastname@example.org