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Paid Leave

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Kerry Snyder

on 6 June 2017

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Transcript of Paid Leave

Making the Case for Paid Leave to Improve Cancer Screening Rates
Employer Paid Leave For Cancer Screening
Addresses Some Disparities
Makes Business Sense
Bottom line
Improve Cancer Screening Rates
Scope
Prioritizing Prevention

Cost Savings
Effective
Improves cancer screening rates

Removes barriers for priority populations

Makes business sense
Why Paid Leave?
Research potential organizations that might be interested in implementing a paid leave policy for employees to obtain breast, colorectal and/or cervical cancer screenings.

Identify a champion within the community/organization and those who may have concerns with this project.

Build community support for paid leave for cancer screenings.

Scope of Work in Year 1
Paid time off for cancer screening saves lives and reduces business costs.
Most individuals work--in December 2014, 62.7% of non-institutionalized adults (159,129,000 adults) in the U.S. were employed.

While large employers often provide some form of leave benefits to employees, smaller employers employ the most people overall.

Only 51% of employees of smaller businesses (<100 employees) earn paid sick leave, compared to 72% of employees of medium to large businesses.
Initial research suggests that employees with paid sick leave are more likely to seek non-urgent or regular healthcare and obtain recommended cancer screenings.

Lack of access to paid sick leave has been identified as a potential barrier to obtaining preventive cancer screenings (mammography, Pap test, and endoscopy) at recommended intervals.
More than four in ten African American workers (44 percent) and nearly six in ten Latino workers (58 percent) lack paid sick days — significantly higher rates than those of white workers.

Women are more likely than men to occupy low-wage and part-time jobs and, as a result, are less likely to earn paid sick leave.
Emphasizes preventive care.

Requires certain employers to provide insurance coverage to employees.

Encourages smaller employers to provide insurance coverage to employees (via tax incentives, small business marketplaces and workplace wellness grants).

Requires insurance plans provide full coverage (without cost-sharing by the employee) for certain preventive services including colorectal, breast, and cervical cancer screenings.
Each cancer diagnosis is estimate to annually cost a business $1,601 in lost productivity.

Early detection and treatment lead to better outcomes.

Research suggests that employers can provide paid leave with no negative effect on profitability.

In fact, employers who offer paid leave may realize a healthier and more productive workforce and spend less on direct medical costs, worker compensation and disability costs, replacement costs for ill or injured workers who are absent, and costs for recruiting and training new workers!
What is the Policy?
What is the work?

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