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J Urban Health. 2017 Apr;94(2):312-314. doi: 10.1007/s11524-016-0126-x.

Awareness of Paid Sick Leave among New York City Restaurant Workers.

Author information

1
Department of Community Health & Social Sciences, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy, 55 W. 125th Street, New York, NY, 10027, USA. emma.tsui@sph.cuny.edu.
2
Department of Community Health & Social Sciences, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy, 55 W. 125th Street, New York, NY, 10027, USA.
3
Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment, Queens College, City University of New York, Queens, NY, USA.

Abstract

Restaurant workers are less likely to have paid sick leave (PSL) benefits than other professions, despite the fact that they handle food and interact with the public. In this study, we collected and analyzed quantitative and qualitative data on PSL awareness among New York City's restaurant workers and the factors that produced these levels of awareness. We found that 62% of surveyed workers were aware of NYC's law, and that successful outreach requires building broad awareness and ensuring trustworthy sources of information with multiple points of contact. Our research also highlights the importance of immigrant populations in PSL outreach.

KEYWORDS:

Awareness; Paid sick leave; Policy implementation; Restaurant workers

PMID:
28105584
PMCID:
PMC5391328
DOI:
10.1007/s11524-016-0126-x
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