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April 26, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
The last time Manuel Cardenas fell ill, the 24-year-old single father had no choice but to report for work. His employer, a security contractor, doesn't offer sick pay to part-timers like Cardenas, he said, and he can't afford to lose a day's wages. "I probably shouldn't have, but I had to," said Cardenas, a security guard in San Jose. He is among California workers for whom labor groups and others are fighting to secure paid sick leave. Currently, 4.5 million workers in California, about 40% of the state's workforce, don't have sick-pay benefits.
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WORLD
January 30, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has taken a sick leave amid the nation's political crisis. “Ukraine's president is on a sick leave in connection with an acute respiratory disease accompanied by high fever,” Alexander Orda , the presidential staff's deputy health chief, said in a statement posted on Yanukovich 's official website Thursday morning. The announcement came a day after Yanukovich compelled parliament to sign a conditional amnesty for more than 100 detained participants in protests that started over two months ago when Yanukovich refrained from signing an association and trade deal with the European Union.
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HEALTH
July 7, 2008 | Shari Roan
Here's a look at protections workers have for paid sick time and proposals for change. Currently, California workers are entitled to partial pay for a long absence but may lack full pay for short absences. Proposed California law (AB 2716, Healthy Families, Healthy Workplaces Act): Employees -- full- and part-time as well as public and private employees -- would earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked.
OPINION
January 30, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
We've all been there at some point, sitting in a restaurant ordering dinner when the waiter sneezes and mumbles an apologetic, "Sorry, I'm fighting a cold. " Why is he at work? Especially at a job that brings him close to other people? Maybe it is because he can't afford to miss the shift, something that a recently introduced Assembly bill could help remedy. AB 1522, introduced by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), would require companies to provide a minimum of three days annual paid sick leave for any employee not covered by a collective bargaining agreement (which usually includes sick leave guarantees)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A proposed policy would allow Kern County's gay and lesbian employees to take sick leave when their partners are ill. Sick leave also could be used in the death of a partner under the proposed policy, which is expected to be voted on this week by the Kern County Board of Supervisors. The employee and the partner must be registered as domestic partners with the state to qualify.
NEWS
June 4, 1988 | Associated Press
President Karoly Nemeth, 66, who was recently demoted from two key political posts, has gone on sick leave, the state news agency MTI reported Friday. It said that Vice President Rezsoe Trautmann will function as president while Nemeth is absent.
BUSINESS
May 7, 2000
Q: I work for a small company that doesn't have any particular sick leave policy. We are just told that we can take it when we need it, but if we abuse the privilege we can be disciplined or terminated. I have a daughter who has been sick a lot lately, and I've taken time off to take care of her. I have heard through the grapevine that management is not happy with my absences and is going to do something about it. Do I have any legal right to take time off when my daughter is sick? --R.F.
BUSINESS
August 8, 2008 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
A state bill to guarantee paid days off for sick workers died Thursday amid opposition from business lobbyists and lawmaker concern that the benefit was too costly. The bill would have granted employees of small companies in California up to five days of paid sick leave each year. Workers at larger firms could take up to nine days a year.
BUSINESS
January 31, 1999
Q I work for a company that does not pay overtime to exempt employees. Because of deadline pressures, I often work more than 40 hours in a week. But when I wanted to take off a couple of hours early one day I was told I had to take either vacation or sick time. It seems to me the company has it both ways. It expects overtime from its exempt employees but requires them to use their vacation/sick time if they want to take off a few hours early. Is this legal? --R.B., Long Beach * A Yes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1988 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Fullerton junior high school teacher whose reinstatement after two lewd conduct arrests drew the wrath of parents has been placed on sick leave, a district official said Wednesday. The social studies teacher, King Steadman, 44, offered to take the sick leave while members of the Fullerton School District board reconsider his status, board president John Bedell said. The board is expected to rule on Steadman's employment at a Sept. 13 meeting, Bedell added.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives
Despite not working for about 18 months to take care of her ailing grandfather and son, Bell's former assistant city manager was never docked a single vacation or sick day and continued to draw her full salary and benefits. At the same time, Angela Spaccia testified that she continued to build up vacation and sick leave, which she then cashed out to repay loans she had taken from the city. In all, Spaccia received about $350,000 in loans that prosecutors contend were illegal. Spaccia, second-in-command in Bell when the city exploded in scandal in summer 2010, is fighting 13 corruption-related charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2013 | Steve Lopez
On Tuesday, Oct. 22, Flora Castaneda marched in Inglewood. She marched with hundreds of fellow El Super grocery store employees, supporters and clergy, at a labor rally in the parking lot of the El Super at West Century and Crenshaw boulevards. And here's what the employees, whose contract expired in September, were lathered up about: Their work schedules and total weekly hours are in constant flux, so tending to family matters and managing second jobs are more than a little challenging.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
The last time Manuel Cardenas fell ill, the 24-year-old single father had no choice but to report for work. His employer, a security contractor, doesn't offer sick pay to part-timers like Cardenas, he said, and he can't afford to lose a day's wages. "I probably shouldn't have, but I had to," said Cardenas, a security guard in San Jose. He is among California workers for whom labor groups and others are fighting to secure paid sick leave. Currently, 4.5 million workers in California, about 40% of the state's workforce, don't have sick-pay benefits.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Portland, with a unanimous City Council vote, became the fourth city Wednesday to require private employers offer workers sick leave. Hailed by supporters as a move to provide workers with protection from being fired if they call in sick, the policy affects businesses who employ six or more workers. The municipal vote comes a day before a similar measure is set to go before City Council members in Philadelphia. "Policies like paid sick days are about more than keeping people healthy -- they're about keeping money in the pockets of working families so they can cover the basics," said Ellen Bravo, executive director of Family Values (at)
BUSINESS
December 19, 2012 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Department store chain Dillard's Inc. has agreed to pay $2 million to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing the retailer of breaking federal disability laws by requiring workers seeking sick leave to disclose private medical conditions. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said it started its investigation after a Dillard's worker in El Centro in Southern California's Imperial County alleged she was fired in 2006 for refusing to reveal her exact medical problems to a manager who would not accept her doctor's note.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2012 | David Lazarus
Dale Berman doesn't just have a rooting interest in the Supreme Court upholding the healthcare reform law. You could say his life depends on it. Berman, 54, of Burbank is a freelance photographer who has hadCrohn's diseasehis entire life. Crohn's is a severe intestinal disorder that can cause intense pain and a variety of complications. Berman has had to undergo three operations and has been hospitalized on numerous occasions. He's also watched as his insurance costs have steadily increased over the years, forcing him to seek refuge in government programs for "high-risk" patients who are unable to receive affordable coverage from private-sector insurers.
NEWS
August 19, 2001
Q. It is my understanding that as an exempt employee I don't have to use sick leave if I take two hours during my workday to go to the doctor. But if the appointment keeps me out of the office for four hours, then I use half a day of sick leave. Is this correct procedure? No one notices that I work through my lunch hour on these days. --S.N., North Hollywood * A. I am not aware of any rules that would require you to use sick leave for absences of less than a day.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 1986 | MARC SHULGOLD
For some people, the occasional illness might be no more than an inconvenience, an unwelcome disruption. For the touring major-league professional musician, a high fever is a ticket to disaster--and so it was for pianist Horacio Gutierrez during the six weeks of his decidedly involuntary hiatus earlier this year. Knocked off his feet by mononucleosis, he was forced to cancel more than a dozen important U.S. appearances in March and April. "It was a terrible time," he said.
NATIONAL
March 20, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
State workers who are denied unpaid sick leave required by federal law cannot sue the states, the Supreme Court said in a victory for states' rights that some liberal advocates saw as a bad omen for President Obama's healthcare law. The 5-4 decision is a setback for millions of employees of state agencies and state colleges, and it voided in part a provision in the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. Among other things the act said that employees had a right to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to recover from an illness or childbirth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2012 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
Top officials at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum have shown a knack for banking healthy chunks of unused sick leave on the public payroll - in one case, about 35 years' worth. Interim General Manager John Sandbrook, a retired University of California administrator, used the sick leave allotment for most of his university career to boost his annual pension by $655 a month for life, to nearly $183,000, UC figures show. The increase represents 418 days - the quota for all but two of his roughly 37 years within the system, which allows 12 sick days a year.
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