Paid Sick Leave & Preventive Cancer Screening

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Paid sick leave can improve public health, slowing the spread of infectious disease and promoting use of preventive care — such as routine cancer screenings. Yet according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 21% of the working population — about 29.4 million people — do not have access to sick leave without losing pay or risking loss of their job.

To help expand access to paid sick leave, we’ve partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create a fact sheet and an infographic that offer an overview of the policy landscape for paid sick leave. These resources explain the importance of paid sick leave, outline key elements of a paid sick leave policy, and identify actions that public health professionals can take to encourage adoption of paid sick leave policies.