Flu season highlights non-paid sick time problem
NEW YORK — The severity of this year's flu season has highlighted the fact that more than 40 million Americans are not provided with paid sick leave by their employers, contributing to the spread of germs, according to the Daily News.
Advocates of paid sick time for all are making the cause both a workforce issue akin to parental leave and "living wage" laws, and a public health priority, the article stated.
According to the article, small business owners argue, however, that offering paid sick time to their workers is beyond their means.
A 2010 survey by the University of Chicago's National Opinion Research Center indicated that "employees without sick days are more likely to go to work with a contagious illness, send an ill child to school or daycare and use hospital emergency rooms for care," the article noted.
"Right now, where companies' incentives lie is butting right up against this concern over people coming into the workplace, infecting others and bringing the productivity of a whole company down," said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer (CEO) of employer consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
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