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Sick at work With so many U.S. workers not able to stay home when they’re sick, there’s an urgent need for a solution that would provide paid family and medical leave to all workers (Photo: Shutterstock)

The coronavirus pandemic has revealed many things — the country’s dependence on essential workers; the expansion of remote work and the gap in access to paid family leave. As the economy continues to reopen, a new whitepaper released by Jamie Kalamarides, president of Prudential Group Insurance, argues that there’s an urgent need for a solution to the last issue.

Kalamarides’s whitepaper, Paid Family and Medical Leave Opportunity for a Public-Private Partnership, reports that the U.S. falls behind other developed countries with established paid leave programs. For instance, while the 1993 Family Medical Leave Act established unpaid leave, only one-third of the nation’s lowest-paid private sector workers have access to paid sick leave, the paper states.

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