IWPR Research on Paid Sick Days Receives Press Coverage Across the Country

In February, Kevin Miller, Ph.D., worked with Robert Drago, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, to release a briefing paper on role of paid sick days in transmission of the H1N1 flu and the need for paid sick days to prevent future pandemics. Dr. Miller recorded a podcast that can be heard on IWPR’s website.

Since it started researching the costs and benefits of paid sick days legislation at local and federal levels, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research has received ongoing state wide coverage. In recent months, Connecticut, Iowa, and Maine legislatures have reviewed bills that would mandate paid sick days for the majority of employees, and IWPR research has explored the effects of these policies.

Here is a selection of press coverage on IWPR’s research across the country:

  • Minnesota 2020 cited IWPR research on paid sick days and discussed how paid sick days could benefit businesses.
  • The Dunn County News cited IWPR research on the percentage of low-wage employees who had less sick days than the average employee.
  • MSNBC cited IWPR research on the amount of employees who attended work with the swine flu.
  • The Bristol Press discussed the sick days bill campaign kickoff initiated by Connecticut Senator Edith Prague, citing IWPR research.
  • The New Haven Register discusses the advocates who are once again pushing for the bill for paid sick days to be passed and cites IWPR research.
  • The Hartford Courant cites IWPR research on paid sick days and the effect of such policies.
  • Medill Reports cites IWPR research on paid sick days and discusses why a Chicago legislator does not agree with a bill that would call for an employee to receive up to seven days of sick leave per year.
  • The Des Moines Register discusses the paid sick leave bill before the Iowa legislature that would mandate a maximum of seven paid sick days for most Iowa employees, and cites IWPR research.
  • Biz570.com cited IWPR research on the correlation between the swine flu and the lack of paid sick days.
  • Portland Press Herald cited IWPR research the benefit of paid sick days to employees and businesses.
  • Bangor Daily News cites IWPR research and discusses the battle between advocates and businesses over whether or not Maine should become the first state to mandate paid sick days be provided for employees.
IWPR continues to provide cost-benefits analyses of paid sick days to cities and states, including upcoming reports on Connecticut and evaluations of the impacts of paid sick days legislation in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, California. Contact iwpr@iwpr.org or sign up for paid leave alerts to learn more about these projects.

Economic Security for Women: Wealth Building for Women of Color as A Strategy for Long-Term Economic Recovery

Monday, March 8, 2010 | 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Capitol Hill Visitor Center, Room 214 | Washington, DC
This International Women’s Day, please join us for a policy discussion on race, gender, immigration and economic security.
10:00 a.m. Panel: The Intersection of Race, Gender and Wealth: Why Disparities Matter
Moderator: Heidi Hartmann, President, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Keynote: Julianne Malveaux, President, Bennett College for Women
Panelists: Sherry Salway Black, Director of the Tribal Partnership Initiative, National Congress of American Indians
Janis Bowdler, Deputy Director, Wealth Building Policy Project, National Council of La Raza
Shyama Venkateswar, Director of Research and Programs, National Council for Research on Women
Noon: Luncheon
Speakers: U.S. Representative Yvette Clarke (NY 11th District)
Invited: U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer (MD 5th District), event sponsor
Alexis Herman, former Secretary of Labor and Chief Executive Officer, New Ventures LLC
1:15 p.m. Panel: Lifting as We Climb: Women of Color, Economic Security and America’s Future
Moderator: Avis Jones-DeWeever, Director, Research, Public Policy and Information Center, National Council of Negro Women
Guest Speaker: U.S. Representative Gwen Moore (WI 4th District)
Presenter: Mariko Chang
Panelists: Sarah Echohawk Vermillion, Vice President, First Nations Development Institute
Melany Dela Cruz, Associate Director, Asian Pacific American Community Development Data Center, UCLA
3 p.m. Panel: First Generation Women Immigrants: Generating New Wealth, Generating a Global Economy
Moderator: Nicole Mason, Director, Women of Color Policy Network
Invited: U.S. Representative Nydia Velasquez (NY 12th District)
Panelists: Barbara Robles, Senior Community Affairs Research Liaison, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Beatriz Olvera Stotzer, CEO, New Economics for Women
Doua Thor, Executive Director, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
Hosted by
The Insight Center for Community Economic Development, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, the National Council of Negro Women, the Women of Color Policy Network at NYU, and the National Council for Research on Women.
Victor Corral | vcorral@insightcced.org
More Information
racialwealthgap.org | expertsofcolor.org

Listen to: Ending Poverty, Not Welfare: A Grassroots Congressional Briefing on TANF Reauthorization

The audio recording of this briefing on TANF reauthorization is now available. To access the audio file, click here to be directed to the website of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.
This Briefing was Hosted by Women for Economic Justice (WEJ), a national network of grassroots, low-income women-led organizations working to end poverty under TANF reauthorization and to achieve economic justice for low-income women, their families, and communities:
Community Voices Heard (NY)
Georgia Citizens’ Coalition on Hunger
LIFETIME: Low-Income Families’ Empowerment through Education (CA)
9to5 National Association for Working Women (WI/CA/CO)
Ohio Empowerment Coalition / Contact Center
POWER: Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights (WA)
WEEL: Working for Equality and Economic Liberation (MT)
Sponsors included:
The Honorable Jim McDermott (D-WA)
The Honorable Barbara Lee (D-CA)
The Honorable Pete Stark (D-CA)
The Honorable Gwen Moore (D-WI)
The Honorable Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
American Association of University Women
Applied Research Center
Center for Community Change
Center for Law and Social Policy
Coalition on Human Needs
Insight Center for Community Economic Development
Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Legal Momentum
National Council for Negro Women