Help Parents Work: Pass Paid Sick Leave 

August 17, 2012 | The Huffington Post


By Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray

Every parent knows the dread of waking up to find your child sick with the flu. Or receiving that teacher's call that your child has a terrible cough and must be picked up. Right away.

We all have the same impulse in those situations -- to be there for our kids. And for those of us with paid sick days at work, we manage to do it, even if it means a lot of stress. But for many New Yorkers -- and there are more than a million of them working without any paid sick time -- those stressful moments can lead to genuine crisis. Taking a day off to take care of a sick child means losing a day's pay -- and potentially a job.

That's bad for New York City.

We need parents to take care of their kids when they're ill. It's in the best interests not only of children and parents, but also of schools, hospitals, businesses and health care budgets. But instead of promoting good parenting as good policy, we have a status quo that does just the opposite.

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