Combating COVID-19: Why Paid Sick Leave Matters to Controlling its Spread


April 1, 2020 • Webinar

This webinar highlights recommendations made in TFAH’s Ready or Not and Promoting Health and Cost Control in States (PHACCS) reports on the important role of paid sick leave in combating infectious diseases, as well as other complementary evidence-based policies that can be adopted by federal, state and local governments and by employers.

Presenters focused on pending federal legislation, states that have adopted laws regarding paid leave, and businesses that are expanding these benefits. In addition, they discussed the potential short-term uses of the recently approved supplemental budget to assist individuals without paid leave when confined to their homes.

Recommended for anyone working in public health, advocacy, school health, community-based organizations, businesses, labor unions, hospitals, health systems, insurers, policy staff, and local and state health officials.


  • Shelley Hearne, DrPH, President
  • Georges Benjamin, MD, FACP, FNAPA, FACEP (E), Hon FRSPH, Executive Director
    American Public Health Association
  • Debra Ness, President
    National Partnership for Women & Families
  • Marvin Owens Jr., Senior Director
    NAACP Economic Department


  • John Auerbach, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer
    Trust for America's Health