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Coronavirus sick leave: Walmart, McDonald's, Olive Garden add COVID-19 paid sick leave policies

USA TODAY

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Millions of American workers who don't have paid sick leave could face an impossible choice if they suspect they are infected with coronavirus: their health or their livelihood.

Concerns are growing that workers who cannot afford to stay home will accelerate the spread of the virus, Vice President Mike Pence told reporters on Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended employers "ensure that your sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance."

Yet, even in this fast-moving crisis that has collapsed markets around the world, many still do without it. From ...