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The Return of Typhoid Mary? Immigrant Workers in Nursing Homes

Journal Article Expanding Access & Cultural Competence
November 23, 2020

Nursing homes are dependent upon immigrant, female workers. However, these workers are provided with low compensation, leading to many working in multiple facilities to make ends meet, potentially facilitating the spread of COVID. Paid sick leave laws with strong enforcement can help address some of these inequities while improving the safety of workers and residents.

Key Takeaways

Nursing homes depend upon immigrant, female labor but do not adequately compensate them.
The inequities that have caused aides to work in multiple facilities have contributed to the spread of COVID.
Paid sick leave laws coupled with strong enforcement can help create greater equity and improve safety.

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