June 21, 2018. This article discusses the benefits of paid sick leave and how Albany county government can work on expanding paid leave benefits to more county workers.

While many employers in Albany County do offer paid sick leave, about 40 percent of employees living in Albany County do not get even a single day of paid sick leave, according to Ron Deutsch, executive director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, based in Albany.

First, there is a need for paid sick days in Albany County. Lower wage earners, women, and minorities tend to be those without paid sick leave. As Ron Deutsch testified before the Albany County Legislature, 85 percent of computer workers, and 83 percent of management, business, and financial operations workers in Albany County have access to paid sick days, while 76 percent of service workers — including food service and personal-care workers — lack paid sick days.

Here is a link to the Altamont Enterprise.