Sick leave

A TSA officer wearing a face mask clears a departing passenger

179 countries have paid sick leave. Not the US.


The US lags behind nearly all other countries when it comes to sick leave. And when sick people come to work, viruses are harder to contain.

President Barack Obama talks about legislation to offer paid sick leave for Americans while at Charmington's Cafe in Baltimore, Maryland, on January 15, 2015.

The State of the Union kicked off Obama’s push for paid parental and sick leave


States consider reforms to help domestic workers move out of shadows

Conflict & Justice

The Family Leave Medical Act

Do sick leave laws cause layoffs?

Connecticut Businesses Consider Sick Leave Laws

We hear from Dave Rutigliano, chef and owner of The Southport Brewing Company in Connecticut who tells us why sick-leave is bad news for small business. Jon Green, executive director for Connecticut Working Familes, also speaks with us.

The World

Kjell Magne Bondevik

Health & Medicine

Former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik talks about how clinical depression forced him to leave office ten years ago, and his recent advocacy work to help end the stigma of mental illness.