Flu season fuels debate on sick leave

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  • Patrick Henry West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 7:25 a.m.

    I disagree. When Businesses will not choice to do the right/moral/common sense thing for both their employees and their customers then it is MOST appropriate for government to come in and regulate them. The matter of sick days is a matter of common sense. No one wants to spread disease to others and no one wants to get sick, therefore workers should NOT be forced to come to work. They are forced when they are being paid PEANUTS and are living pay check to pay check. Missing one day of work is not an option as that may be the difference between paying the rent and not paying the rent.

    Come and be reasonable people. Paid sicks days make sense for everyone involved.....even the businesses. Not having sick employees around prevents the healthy employees from getting sick. Sick employees = much less productivity. Less productivity = less profit. A few sick days a year may cost some $ upfront, but the long term gains in productivity and goodwill with both your workforce and your customers makes up for that.

    Again, when businesses will not do what is right for their employees and for society it is time for government intervention.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Jan. 24, 2013 6:12 a.m.

    I'm grateful to have sick leave at my place of employment. Not only can we use it when we're sick, but for doctor's appointments and other health maintenance and preventative healthcare appointments. It is a real benefit that I use, and am grateful to have. My health used to be something I would actively suppress, ignore, and deny for the sake of the job, or because I couldn't spare the vacation days. It was very unhealthy and unsafe.

    I am a strong believer that combining your days off with sickdays only discourages sick days. You need to have dedicated days of sick leave. In the long run, I believe it adds to the overall wellbeing of your workforce and stability, dedication and productivity of the company.

  • Wonder Provo, UT
    Jan. 22, 2013 2:01 p.m.

    Yeah, if a place of business wants to hire 10 year olds to work 50 hours a week at half of minimum wage they should be able to! Stop this government intrusion. After all, they used to be able to do it! What is our world coming to? How will our businesses survive?

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Jan. 21, 2013 2:02 p.m.

    I have 7 days a year I can miss for whatever reason. It's a rolling 80 hrs with 11,5 hr days so if I use a few at a time I have to wait until that date a year from then for those days to fall off.

    So in practice my sick time no good for sick time being that I'm in danger of being written up and or fired if I go over the 80 hrs.

    many people find themselves in the position of not being able to stay home sick for the next 3 months. I personally have over a hundred sick hours but can't use any until the end of February. I certainly have the right to work in Arizona - just not the right to stay home while sick.

  • Madden Herriman, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 9:39 a.m.

    Most businesses who hire full-time employees usually give paid leave. However, the contractors that businesses hire absolutely do NOT get it in most situations (in large part because when a business hires a contractor, even full-time for a period, they pay a higher wage/salary, and that is offset by not having to offer such benefits).

    But of course, those pushing for social justice would have you believe that the USA is a land with no freedom - a worker cannot leave a job where they get garbage for benefits to seek better opportunities or start their own business. Even when most business treat their employees quite well, we must pass legislation to deal with these whiners who still have not figured out how set aside even the smallest amount of savings to handle a "huge" health concern like taking a single unpaid day off work.

  • ProudUtahn St. George, Utah
    Jan. 21, 2013 9:32 a.m.

    This topic the government needs to stay out of. Sick leave is a benefit, one I feel business should not be required to provide. All business should be required is the agreed upon days wage for the agreed upon days work. That is it! all else is a benefit. As I started working I looked only at the wage and type of work, as I started a family I then started looking at some of the benefits. No one is tied to a job, if they do not like the benefits, wages or enviorment
    they then have 4 choices. 1. keep quiet and be miserable 2. change your attitude (atleast you have a job) 3. talk to management and try to negotiate a better condition or 4. look for another job with those benefits you desire. If business can't keep their employees they will soon change their method of business or go out of business. Government needs to stay out.
    option: put everyone in a padded room for their protection and provide their food to make sure proper amount and nutrition, with the floor a being a treadmill so we can get our forced required exercise. (not) keep out government!

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 9:26 a.m.

    Only the wealthy should be entitled to paid sick leave.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 8:51 a.m.

    Gotta love the complains that business leaders make. The more things change the more they stay the same. 100 years ago, the same exact complaints were being made when workers demanded minimum wages, weekends, children to be exempt from working, and 40 hr work weeks. Business cried and howled. Yet, their claims were just a load of hot air.

    Same thing here.

    Businesses are crying and howling. In reality, they can easily afford it. And... Honestly, in the long term they will be the ones to benefit. Happier employees, employees who don't spread illness around the work place, and ultimately more production.