Rep. Grayson would do well to advocate for mandatory sick time for full-time
employees instead of vacation. When I entered the workforce, many companies
gave liberal sick time. One of my early employers gave a staggering 44 sick
days per year! As people abused it, companies seemed to cut back. Now, many
employers in my area give you "paid time off," which merges sick time
and vacation. If you're sick, you essentially have to take vacation time.
As a result, a lot of employees come to work sick because they don't want
to lose vacation days. It's bad enough when office workers come to work
sick, but it's really awful when food workers come to work sick.