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Paid Sick days determine if workers stay home when sick
Updated: Tuesday, January 15 2013, 09:12 PM EST
You've probably already gotten the office memo - Stay home from work if you feel sick.
But as the nation's flu epidemic worsens -- many sick workers don't plan on staying at home and getting better.
That's because they don't have paid sick days.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says around 80% of full time workers get paid sick days while only 25% of part time workers do.
That means almost 41 million Americans can't afford to stay home when they're sick-- which puts everyone else at risk.
In fact, the American Journal of Public Health says an additional 5 million people were infected with flu symptoms in 2009 mainly because they caught it from a co-worker.