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Workplace watchdog finds women workers given less paid leave

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Less than a third of part-time workers, the majority of whom are women, receive sick days and other paid time off from work according to data from more than 1,000 American businesses profiled by the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Study author Kenneth Matos says, "[T]he changing nature of work, where more individuals are working multiple jobs or are working part-time positions because they can’t find full-time work, can pose economic and work-life challenges for these employees.”

As for full-time workers in companies with more than 50 employees, 99 percent of workers have some form of time off with pay. Mike Aitken with SHRM says, "When employers control their own benefit offerings, there can be flexibility and creativity, which benefit both employers and employees." But how does that apply to part-time workers who appear to lack leverage? How many part-time workers are also primary caregivers at home? Do they need more time off than their work hours provide? What is fair compensation?


Kenneth Matos, Ph.D., Senior Director of Research at Families and Work Institute - a nonpartisan group that researches workplace issues

Jack Mozloom, Media Communications Director, National Federation of Independent Business