Newsy 25 Mar 2020

Letter urges Bezos to expand sick leave


A group of state attorneys general say sick leave policies at Amazon and Whole Foods are "inadequate."

One of McDonald's values is to "invest in all the people our success rests on." But in the video above, a shift manager at a McDonald's restaurant in Kansas City, Mo., asks why a company that earned $5.3 billion last year can't guarantee paid sick leave for all of its workers, especially during the coronavirus outbreak.

And while the relief bill President Trump signed Wednesday night expands paid sick leave, McDonald's lobbied against parts of the legislation. The new law only guarantees sick leave to 20 percent of private-sector workers — and many of the company's franchise workers get nothing. Would you want to get your next meal from a restaurant where workers can't stay home while sick?
FOX Business' Edward Lawrence says a coronavirus economic stimulus plan that President Trump and lawmakers are crafting on Capitol Hill could include paid sick leave.
As the coronavirus spreads around the world, health officials are urging people not to go to work if they are sick. But for many U.S. workers, staying home means they will not get paid, and that's a luxury they cannot afford. COVID-19 has U.S. lawmakers considering new measures so workers don't have to work while sick. VOA's Steve Baragona takes a look at the issue of paid sick leave.]]
Vice President Mike Pence, who is coordinating the administration's response to the coronavirus, says the task force they've assembled is pushing to expand testing. (March 4)

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