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Shared Responsibility, Shared RiskGovernment, Markets and Social Policy in the Twenty-First Century$
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Jacob Hacker and Ann O'Leary

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199781911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199781911.001.0001

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Income Security When Temporarily Away from Work

Income Security When Temporarily Away from Work

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(p.102) 6 Income Security When Temporarily Away from Work
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Shared Responsibility, Shared Risk
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Stephen D. Sugarman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199781911.003.0006

This chapter examines the role of employers and government in ensuring income security for workers who are temporarily unemployed due to a variety of reasons such as illness, injury, or temporary layoff. It first provides a historical background on the measures that have been taken to replace the wages of those temporarily away from work, whether due to temporary disability, vacation, or public holidays. It then considers paid time off plans adopted by many companies to address sick leave abuse, along with unemployment insurance provided by states as partial income replacement for those who are unemployed. It also looks at some government programs to help those temporarily without income, such as means-tested cash assistance or welfare, food stamps, public housing, and Medicaid. The chapter concludes by discussing current policy proposals to reform the way in which income is provided to those temporarily away from work.

Keywords:   income security, wages, temporary disability, public holidays, paid time off plans, sick leave, unemployment, insurance, income replacement, welfare

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