How Common Is Paid Sick Leave in the United States?

Source: Employee Benefit Research Institute, EBRI Fast Facts, #143, November 12, 2009

How many workers in the United States have access to paid sick leave? Is paid sick leave mandatory?

According to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), paid sick leave was available to approximately two-thirds (66 percent) of civilian workers in March 2009. This number includes workers in the private nonfarm economy (except those in private households) and workers in the public sector (except the federal government).

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