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August 17, 2012

NIOSH: Paid Sick Leave Reduces Occupational Injuries

New NIOSH research shows a surprising way employers can reduce workplace injuries: provide paid sick leave! The study, recently published by the American Journal of Public Health, shows that workers with access to paid sick leave were almost 30% less likely to suffer nonfatal occupational injuries than workers without access to paid sick leave. Hand Washing Sign
Study results suggest that paid sick leave makes a greater difference in occupations and sectors with a high risk of injury, such as construction, manufacturing, agriculture and healthcare and social assistance. Paid sick leave can also decrease other risks and costs related to sick workers, such as spread of contagious diseases to coworkers.

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