Mandatory sick leave for Covid-19 stricken employees

Mandatory sick leave for Covid-19 stricken employees

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Hedwig Swanson started this petition to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and

Numerous low wage workers are employed in jobs where they are in constant direct contact with the public. These include cooks, cleaners in hospitals, deli slicers, low-level nursing assistants, fast food servers, waiters, and food delivery personnel. They are uniquely positioned to pass on Covid-19 (the coronavirus disease) through contact with the food we eat and the clean hospitals we depend on. 

Most of these workers have limited or no paid sick leave. They are faced with a horrible choice if they suspect or know they are infected with the disease: work to feed their family, but risk passing the disease on to someone else; or stay at home, saving the public but risking financial ruin. 

I am 70 years old. I have asthma and a suppressed immune system due to treatment for arthritis. I have had pneumonia 4 times in the last 30 months. I am at high risk for catching Covid-19 and developing the worst complications of lung involvement and possibly dying. Even if I survive, I will have a large medical debt impossible to pay down on my sole income of social security. I will self-isolate myself as much as possible, but it is inevitable that I will come in contact with the low wage workers described above. Many others are in my same position.

There is a solution: mandate employers to provide sick leave for any employee who is undergoing testing for Covid-19, under quarantine for contact with another patient, or has tested positive for Covid-19, for the duration of treatment or quarantine as documented by doctors or public health officials. To alleviate the burden of this upon employers, a tax write-off for the cost of sick leave should be made available to employers.

I request that Governor Cuomo introduce emergency legislation to incorporate this mandate IMMEDIATELY. If this mandate can be effected by executive order, so much the better. I also request that Governor Cuomo contact all other state governors to pass this legislation. I also request Sen. Shumer and Sen. Gillibrand to introduce similar legislation at the federal level, although I have little faith in it passing.

Let's stop Covid-19 in its tracks by protecting low level workers!

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