Health Employee Rights in New York City

It should be the most natural thing in the world to take a few days sick leave from work, when one is unwell.  However, in New York City, many individuals do not get paid for sick leave.  And of course, it is those individuals who anyway are getting paid very low wages who are denied the paid sick leave.  So it’s not like they can afford to lose a day or two of paid work.  Typically, the workers denied the paid leave are in the following industries: many in the service industry like hotel employees, cooks, waiters, etc.  So they end up facing a very difficult choice:  either go to work sick, or forego a day’s pay on an already low income.

What is irresponsible here is that when sick employees go to the office, they tend to get other workers sick too.  In addition, they won’t be nearly as effective in their work.  Thus ultimately, not paying someone for sick leave is counterproductive.  As well, this only has a negative impact on the economy.

Good News for NY Employees

So while this isn’t exactly news, what is, is the fact that both Diana Reyna, councilwoman for Bushwick and Nydia Velázquez, representative for Brooklyn, voiced their support at a rally last week at City Hall on changing this situation with a bill on paid sick days.  (Reyna is also head of the Council’s Committee on Small Business.)  Their efforts attempted to increase pressure on Council Speaker Christine Quinn in this regard.

Thus it really is time something happened in New York City – and throughout the nation – to change this.  The fact of the matter is, people get sick and they shouldn’t be punished for this by not getting paid sick leave so that they can get better without the pressure of losing out on a day’s pay.

13-Year Old Finds Kidney Donor On The Web

Sofia Manfredi, a Brooklyn teen, is getting a new kidney this week thanks to an online kidney matchmaker and a New Jersey teacher.

With severe damage to both kidneys from complications during her birth, 13-year old Sofia has been relying on medication throughout her life. Now, her undersized kidneys are unable to cope with her growing body.

Last summer, the Manfredi family sought the help of Chaya Lipschutz, who runs an online kidney matchmaking agency, When she sent out an alert, she immediately got a response from Cherry Hill teacher Jennifer Rothstein, 39, who volunteered to donate one of her kidneys. After a few months of tests, doctors found Rothstein to be a perfect match for Sofia. The transplant surgery is scheduled for this coming Tuesday at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

“It just felt like it was the right thing to do,” Rothstein said. “I was blessed with good health. There was no reason not to.”

“I feel like I won the lottery,” Rothstein added. “It’s like giving birth. It’s giving life.”

Sofia’s mom, Tami Manfredi, said “It’s amazing that someone I’d never met before could be so giving. She is giving my daughter a second chance.”