Yvonne Abraham

Mass. lawmakers should pass sick-leave bill

Imagine this: You wake up with the flu and you feel awful. Or maybe your kid wakes up with a virus and she looks like death warmed over. But it’s a work day. And if you don’t show, it’s going to cost you a day’s pay or, if you have that kind of boss, your job.

Maybe you’re lucky, your job comes with paid sick time, and you never have to make this calculation. But a third of Massachusetts workers aren’t so blessed: A whopping 1 million people in this state do jobs that come with no sick pay. So they heave themselves into workplaces when they shouldn’t, or send sick kids to school on Tylenol and a prayer.

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