STATEMENT: A Better Balance Urges National Policy Action Following Disappointing SCOTUS Ruling on Paid Time Off for Vaccination

We are disappointed by today's SCOTUS ruling and hope to see bold action from our federal, state and local leaders to ensure all workers can take time to receive and recover from the COVID vaccine without missing a paycheck.
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(New York, NY) — The following statement can be attributed to A Better Balance Co-Founder and Co-President Sherry Leiwant:

 “We are sharply disappointed that today, amidst the worst surge of COVID-19 that the U.S. has seen thus far, the Supreme Court ruled that OSHA is unable to enforce an emergency temporary standard which would, in part, provide an estimated 84.2 million workers nationwide a right to paid time off to receive and recover from the COVID-19 vaccine. For many workers, this means that with a stroke of the court’s pen, their access to any paid time off to protect themselves from the COVID-19 virus has vanished indefinitely, just three days after OSHA began to enforce the emergency temporary standard.  

A Better Balance has spoken to thousands of workers nationwide through our free and confidential legal helpline, and we hear their calls for paid time off to care for themselves and their families loud and clear. While we are disheartened by the Supreme Court’s decision, this moment requires bold action from our federal, state, and local leaders, and we will continue to fight for increased workplace protections, including the right to receive and recover from the COVID-19 vaccine without fear of missing a paycheck, for all.” 

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