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The current health and economic crisis caused by the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is unfolding rapidly. Workers in the retail and food service sectors have been particularly hard hit. Most of these workers were already in a financially precarious position and are now facing income shocks from store closures and reduced hours. Adding to these hardships, many also lack access to paid sick leave and would have to forgo much needed pay, or even risk job loss, if they were to stay home sick. The lack of paid sick leave has serious repercussions for service sector workers and for public health.


Schneider, Daniel, and Kristen Harknett. "Estimates of Workers Who Lack Access to Paid Sick Leave at 91 Large Service Sector Employers." Shift Project Research Brief, 2020.