Welcome to Youremployment.com

Welcome to Youremployment.com


Is Paid Sick Time Catching? Part II
Last week, we took a look at the states that have some form of paid sick leave, with Massachusetts in the spotlight. But because its such a contentious issue, it’s only fair to examine the argument from both sides.


Proponents of paid sick leave have built up a very strong case for themselves using the following arguments:


  • Containment of infection: The reasoning is that if a sick employee is “paid” to be sick at home, the chances of them infecting their coworkers are much, much less than had they showed up in fear of losing pay.
  • Less strain on the healthcare system: Depending on the data used, ill workers without paid sick leave are more apt to go to the hospital—the emergency room—because their health problems aren’t nipped in the bud and develop into something worse, something which could have been prevented.
  • More productive workers: The cost of absenteeism is a little murky, but the cost of sick employees working at a lowered productivity rate is $160 billion each year.
  • Companies enjoy higher worker retention: The more perks an employee has, the more likely they are to stay at that company instead of choosing another. And if paid sick days are part of the deal, employees tend to be more loyal to their company.

    It’s hard to argue with the above examples, as they add up to a really strong and compelling case for why paid sick leave should be more commonplace than it is. But to paraphrase Newton, for every reason paid sick leave should be the case there’s a reason why it wouldn’t be a good idea.


    The following reasons are given by people not because they enjoy being mean or vindictive, but because they truly believe paid sick leave just isn’t as good an idea as other options.


  • Present employees have a greater workload: If there are, say, 10 people in a department and one of them calls in sick, the other nine have to cover that person’s duties. The amount of work they have to cover increases with either the less employees there are, or the more who call in sick.
  • Costs have to be made up somewhere else: Paid sick time costs companies money, and they need to recoup that loss somewhere else. Usually, this results in reduced hours, layoffs, or cuts to other perks.
  • It can be used unnecessarily: There will inevitably be employees who use their paid sick days just because they can, not because they need to.
  • There’s an imbalance between seniority: Companies who value equal terms for all employees argue that the length of paid sick time based on seniority unfairly gives more days to employees who have been there longer, and fewer to newer workers.

    Often, critics of paid sick time just favor an economically conservative point of view, believing that employees have what it takes to plan and budget for sickness and health. They believe that companies shouldn’t have to handhold their employees, and paid sick time is a way of doing that.


    There are currently no comments, be the first to post one.

    Related Blogs

    7 Clever Ways to Get a Promotion at Work
    7 Clever Ways to Get a Promotion at Work Instead of toiling away, hoping you get a promotion, you can use these 7 clever tricks to speed the ... Read more
    3 Reasons You Don’t Want to be a CEO, Regardless of the Massive Salary
    3 Reasons You Don’t Want to be a CEO, Regardless of the Massive Salary Think being a CEO would be awesome? Think again. We take a look at three modern day reasons why it c... Read more
    Jobs Report Isn’t All Good News
    Jobs Report Isn’t All Good News The US has added more jobs and dropped the unemployment rate in April, and yet it's not all roses an... Read more
    How to Fortify Your Job Against The Technological Singularity
    How to Fortify Your Job Against The Technological Singularity Worried about technology one day taking over your job? It's okay, there are some careers where your ... Read more
    Exploring Microaggression in the Workforce
    Exploring Microaggression in the Workforce Microaggression is a hot new term to describe negative stereotyping that's been around for decades, ... Read more
    Wages Still an Ongoing Issue in the United States
    Wages Still an Ongoing Issue in the United States Wage issues are hotly debated in the United States, with two pieces of news making the rounds: good ... Read more
    About Us | Unsubscribe | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Terms and Conditions |Post Jobs | Site Map