Sick Leave or a Sick Worker?

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Sick Leave or a Sick Worker?
Tue, 01-22-2013 - 4:27pm

The flu season has brought about the debate on who should qualify for paid sick leave.  I'm probably not the only mom here who has debated on whether her child (or herself) was too sick to go to daycare or school, and for some people it can really hurt their paycheck if they lose hours due to illness.  

A school speech therapist who works as an independent contractor, she doesn't have paid sick days. So the mother of two reported to work and hoped for the best - and was aching, shivering and coughing by the end of the day. She stayed home the next day, then loaded up on medicine and returned to work.

"It's a balancing act" between physical health and financial well-being, she said.

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The opposite side of the debate is that employers just can't take on any more cost, but they also don't want a sick employee to show up for work and infect their co-workers or the general public. 

Do you think it's feasible to implement a paid sick leave provision for workers?  

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Registered: 05-28-2011
Wed, 01-23-2013 - 11:05am

Here's a scenario about sick days where I'm from.  Several years ago I was working as a CNA at a retirement home.  I had no health insurance because I couldn't afford it, nor was it offered to me.  I came down with a bone chilling fever and vomiting.  I called in sick and was told I would be written up and reprimended if I didn't have a Doctor's note.  I made less than sixty dollars per day.  jJust going to the Dr. would've cost me over that. Needless to say I received a write up with a warning that if I missed more than three days I would be terminated.  We need sick days and crap likej this to cease.

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Registered: 04-27-2005
Tue, 01-22-2013 - 8:14pm
If employers want healthy employees, they need to allow them to have some kind of time off to get better. I hate that fact that people are coming into work sick and then getting everyone else, including myself sick. I have plenty of sick time but I don't think it is fair to get sick because someone else doesn't want to use their time or they have used it in the past for non-sick reasons and wasted it.
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Registered: 08-22-2009
Tue, 01-22-2013 - 5:10pm

  I do not think that it is feasible to make it a requirement.

  Many of the companies that do not have paid sick leave don't because of they cannot afford the expence.  We do not have paid sick leave where I work but we are allowed to use vacation time for it.