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When you catch a cold or the flu, you often suspect that you got it in a restaurant. In San Diego, you certainly may have. A new study by the Institute for Women's Policy Research finds that 76 percent of local employees working in food services lack any earned sick days. Because these workers generally have low pay, many go to work sick.

The study indicates that 44 percent of all private-sector workers in the county lack access to sick pay and half of the workers in the hotel industry do. The study, using data from the 2011 American Community Survey and the 2010–2011 National Health Interview Survey, indicates that 55 percent of Hispanics in the county don't get paid sick days, compared with 44 percent for white, non-Hispanic workers.

The occupations with the worst record are farming, fishing, and forestry, for which 87 percent don't get paid sick days off. In fourth place is personal care and service organizations, with 74 percent. These people often work with children. The best occupation is computer and mathematical occupations, in which only 16 percent lack paid sick leave.

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Dennis Feb. 26, 2014 @ 5:19 p.m.

Most of those low paid workers also lack health coverage as well which means they are unlikely to get treatment for their illness. If they are covered it is most likely thru Medical. Yet another form of corporate welfare.

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Don Bauder Feb. 26, 2014 @ 7:13 p.m.

Dennis: Yes, many low paid workers lack health coverage. This is one of the things Obamacare was meant to address. I assume you meant Medicaid and not Medical. Yes, I think a lot of these people are on Medicaid. Best, Don Bauder

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Dennis Feb. 27, 2014 @ 12:22 p.m.

MediCal is the Ca. version of Medicaid funded by both the Feds and the State.

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Don Bauder Feb. 27, 2014 @ 2:44 p.m.

Dennis: If you had spelled it Medi-Cal I wouldn't have made such a dumb mistake. My error. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 12, 2014 @ 7:22 p.m.

FOUR COUNCILMEMBERS BACK MEASURE FOR EARNED SICK DAYS. Today (March 12), Council President Todd Gloria, Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner, and Councilmembers Marti Emerald and Myrtle Cole said they will bring a comprehensive measure in favor of earned sick days and an increase in the minimum wage to the ballot box in November. Best, Don Bauder

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