The Clermont Sun – Sherrod Brown: Guaranteeing Ohioans are getting paid sick leave (Op-ed)

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The Clermont Sun – Sherrod Brown: Guaranteeing Ohioans are getting paid sick leave (Op-ed)

Each day, workers across the country face impossible dilemmas. Do they go into work knowing the risks to their own health and to others around them, or do they stay home and lose a paycheck? Do they send a sick child to school, knowing they’re risking the health of their daughter and her entire classroom, or do they jeopardize their job by taking a day off to care for her?

This is a choice too many families face, and it needs to end. No one should have to choose between a paycheck and a sick child, or taking care of her health.

That’s why I am fighting to pass the Healthy Families Act, which would allow workers to earn up to seven days per year in paid sick time.

Guaranteeing paid sick and family leave to all Americans would protect public health and increase economic security for millions of families. Nearly two million Ohioans—45 percent of our workforce—currently have no paid sick leave.

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