Crisis Conversations: Doing Essential Work in one of the few Countries that Resists Paid Sick Leave

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May 15, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is completely upending the way we work, live, connect with one another and what we expect from our government, communities and each other. It’s all happening so fast that stress levels and anxiety are sky high. That’s why the Better Life Lab is hosting a weekly interactive conversation for people to come together, share stories and begin to make sense of what’s unfolding and what it could mean for the future of gender equity, health, how we work and how we live.

Crisis Conversations–Live from Better Life Lab is hosted by Brigid Schulte and produced by David Schulman.

The United States is one of just 11 countries around the world that don’t guarantee workers paid time off to stay home if they’re sick – one of the surest ways to slow the spread of infection.

To take dig in to this topic, Better Life Lab's Brigid Schulte is joined by:

  • Jody Heymann, Director of the World Policy Analysis Center at UCLA
  • Joleen Garcia, Community Organizer with Texas Organizing Project
  • Marilyn Washington, home health worker in San Antonio

To hear more of this episode including stories and questions from callers, click here. You can also find this episode wherever you listen to your podcasts. The video and transcript of the conversation are down below.

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