Study: Paid sick leave equals healthier employees

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Study: Paid sick leave equals healthier employees

July 31, 2012 Updated Jul 31, 2012 at 9:38 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C - People whose jobs give them paid sick leave may be healthier than those who have to go to work ill.

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds workers with access to paid sick leave are 28 percent less likely overall to get hurt on the job.

Researchers say sick or stressed employees who continue to work may be fatigued or on medications that cause drowsiness. Their concentration can be impaired and are at an increased risk for an injury.

People in construction, manufacturing and the health care industry appeared to benefit most from paid sick leave.

This study was published in the American Journal of Public Health.

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