After correcting employer-imposed job tenure requirements, only 58 percent – or 44 million – of U.S. private-sector employees were provided paid sick days in 2010, according to new research from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

Based on a recent estimate from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics using data from the National Compensation Survey, IWPR’s estimate is 4 percent higher than the majority, though NCS data does not consider employees who are not yet covered for paid sick days because of job-tenure requirements. Employees typically wait an average of 78 business days, amounting to about 3.5 months, before access to paid sick days is available to them.

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