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The COVID-19 pandemic has cast a bright light on the difficult working conditions faced by many workers in the service sector. Workers in retail, food service, delivery and fulfillment positions are now lauded as “essential” and front-line heroes, yet, even in the midst of this praise, and in the midst of a pandemic, these same workers often lack the basic ability to take a paid sick day.


Schneider, Daniel, and Kristen Harknett. "Paid Sick Leave in Virginia: Evidence from the Shift Project." Shift Project, 2020.