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Lack of sick leave for working poor could make virus spread

Posted at 7:42 PM, Mar 10, 2020

Utah has a giant leisure and hospitality economy, from ski resorts to desert retreats, and underlying the industry is an army of food workers, cleaners, and others who are less likely than most people to have paid sick leave.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics say workers making the least also have the least access to paid sick leave. Specifically, 30 percent of the bottom 10 percent of earners have sick leave. 93 percent of the top 10 percent of earners have paid sick leave.

The lodging and food industries are least likely to offer paid sick leave, meaning the people who prepare everything from fast food to fancy cuisine and the people who keep up hotel rooms and spas.