Sick Days: Who’s Footing the Bill?

About 1.3 million working people in New York City have no paid sick leave, and pressure is mounting on employers to provide it. Local chambers of commerce estimate the cost would be in the billions; labor advocates argue that it is simply a matter of fairness, and the City Council has begun to move on legislation. In a society characterized by often inflexible work options and limited public spending on child care, can family policies in the workplace be improved?

These issues will be addressed in a panel discussion presented by the Center for New York City Affairs on Wednesday, May 12, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor. Moderated by Sharon Lerner, author of The War on Moms: On Life in a Family-Unfriendly Nation, panel participants include:

  • Sherry Leiwant, executive director of A Better Balance
  • Sheebani Patel, staff attorney and organizer at Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York
  • Nancy Ploeger, president and CEO of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
  • Mary R. Watson, associate professor and chair of Management Programs at Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy

Admission to this event is free, but an RSVP is required either online or by calling 212.229.5418.