Stay home or work sick? Omicron poses a conundrum | www.WDIO.com

Stay home or work sick? Omicron poses a conundrum

Stay home or work sick? Omicron poses a conundrum

Associated Press
Created: January 09, 2022 10:10 AM

Millions of workers whose jobs don’t provide paid sick days are having to choose between their health and their paycheck as the omicron variant of COVID-19 rages across the nation.

While many companies instituted more robust sick leave policies at the beginning of the pandemic, some of those have since been scaled back with the rollout of the vaccines, even though the omicron variant has managed to evade the shots.

Meanwhile, the current labor shortage is adding to the pressure of workers having to decide whether to show up to their job sick.

Low-wage workers are especially vulnerable. Only 33% of workers whose wages are at the bottom 10% get paid sick leave, compared with 95% in the top 10%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Credits

Associated Press

Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Minnesota Wild surprises Northland teams with Youth Hockey Spotlight Game

Tax season 2022 is here: IRS is now accepting tax returns

Bill could help outfitters, border businesses with economic relief

Gov. Walz proposal for Minnesota kids and families

Grand Rapids man noted missing after mail not collected

Driver dies after head-on crash on Hwy. 2 near Iron River