New York City Workers Deserve Paid Sick Days

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Registered: 04-09-2011
New York City Workers Deserve Paid Sick Days
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Fri, 01-20-2012 - 11:44am
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Registered: 05-03-2011
Fri, 01-20-2012 - 11:57am
I agree. I was also floored that a bank teller doesn't have sick days. It's not like that's a small business.
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Registered: 04-09-2011
Fri, 01-20-2012 - 12:07pm

Agreed.

This is an important topic for the whole of the country, and what I like about it is how it is us on the offensive, rather than back on our heels defending, as we have since the 2010 election. I can hear the arguments against now, but bottom line is it is sound social policy.

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Registered: 03-02-2009
Fri, 01-20-2012 - 3:02pm

Some companies did away with sick days and just give it all in a lump of "PTO" days, to use as you please. So technically, a lot of people don't get "sick" days, just paid time off to use as they please.

"Resist, we much. We must, and we much. About that, be committed."

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Registered: 05-03-2011
Fri, 01-20-2012 - 3:06pm
...and a lot of people don't get any sick days at all, and if they take a sick day, they risk losing their job.
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Registered: 04-09-2011
Fri, 01-20-2012 - 3:07pm

I get that, but how many? What is a reasonable number of sick days? When I was a state employee, my sick time accrued by hours, 9.33 a month.

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Registered: 04-09-2011
Fri, 01-20-2012 - 3:08pm

They do - and I handled plenty of cases just like that.

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Registered: 10-11-2005
Wed, 02-01-2012 - 9:11pm
When I was a school bus driver I got what equal to 1 full day (so say my route was 5 hrs a day, I would get 5 hrs) we got them over the summer as well. I usually usually never use all my sick time. I was able to carry it over until about 4 or 5 yrs ago I came down with intestional flu & was sick almost 2 full weeks just about used up 2 yrs of sick leave in 1 swupe. So yes they needed it too
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Registered: 01-09-2012
Thu, 02-02-2012 - 4:37pm

Sick days ought to be a national labor law, requiring employers to provide a certain number of illness days per year. I do not have an idea on how to figure the amount, but my husband does not get any. Many companies running with a skeleton staff cannot afford to be down a person so they do not offer the opportunity, which is ridiculous. Everyone gets ill, and forcing a sick person to go into a place of employment and possibly infect others is unbelievable.