Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:44:14 GMT
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
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SOURCE Institute for Women's Policy Research
Forty percent of Maryland workers get no sick time, with food workers least likely to be covered.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Providing earned sick days to workers in Maryland is expected to save employers in the state $2.5 million per year, largely due to reduced costs in turnover, according to an analysis by the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR). The state's proposed "Earned Sick and Safe Time Act" would also prevent lost worker income, reduce private and public health care expenses, and reduce expenditures on public assistance.
Currently, 40 percent (more than 700,000) of workers in Marylandlack earned sick leave. While many workers will likely need time off for reasons such as visits to the doctor, illness, or to seek services related to domestic violence, IWPR estimates that workers in Maryland will only use an average of 2.8 earned sick days per year.
When employees leave for more flexible work environments, employers face turnover costs from voluntary turnover of up to one-fifth of a worker's salary. For lower-paid employees, the turnover costs tend to be reduced but still can present a setback to a business owner.
Fewer than one-quarter of food preparation and serving workers are estimated to have earned sick days. Fifty-seven percent of Hispanic workers lack earned sick days and are 44 percent less likely than white workers to have them. Nearly 7 out of 10 workers with annual personal earnings of less than $24,999 lack earned sick days.
"The ability to earn sick days contributes to healthy, productive workplaces and schools, supports family well-being, and helps communities contain contagious illness," said Dr. Barbara Gault, Vice President and Executive Director of the Institute for Women's Policy Research.
Workers with earned sick days are less likely to utilize hospital emergency departments, saving costs to both private and public insurers. Having access to time off can also allow workers to care for elderly family members, which can be beneficial to older Americans' well-being and reduce their stays in nursing homes that can cost taxpayers through Medicare and Medicaid.
About the Institute for Women's Policy Research IWPR conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women and their families, promote public dialogue, and strengthen communities and societies. IWPR is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that also works in affiliation with the women's studies, and public policy and public administration programs at The George Washington University.