The U.S. is the only rich country that fails to provide any nationally-mandated paid sick leave. (UCLA World Policy Analysis Center)
If you’re looking for an area in which the United States is indisputably a global standout, here it is: paid sick leave.
Unfortunately, not in a good way. Of United Nations member countries, 181 provide paid leave in some form. Eleven do not, including the U.S.
That places America in an elite group that includes the Pacific Island nations of Tonga, Tuvalu, and Nauru, along with Somalia (which is barely a functioning nation at all).
When you exempt big companies and small companies, you’re missing vast swaths of the country. Why would we possibly do that during a pandemic?
Jody Heymann, UCLA
One developed country, South Korea, doesn’t provide paid