Journal Article Access to and Use of Paid Sick Leave Among Low-Income Families With Children
Lisa Clemans-Cope, Cynthia Perry, Genevieve M. Kenney, Jennifer Pelletier, Matthew Pantell
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The ability of employed parents to meet the health needs of their children may depend on their access to sick leave, especially for low-income workers. By examining access to paid sick leave and paid vacation using the 2003-2004 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, the authors find that low-income families are less likely to have access to paid leave, especially if the family lacks a full-time/full-year worker. Among children whose parents have access to paid sick leave, parents are more likely to take time away from work to care for themselves or others.

Research Areas Health and health care Wealth and financial well-being Families Children and youth
Tags Health care laws and regulations Paid leave
Policy Centers Health Policy Center