Paid Sick Leave

@Fishmomma (11371)
United States
June 1, 2008 7:04pm CST
What do you think of paid sick leave? Should all workers be able to receive it? In California, nearly all workers will be able to get it, if the bill passes in the Senate. The assembly didn't state how many people wouldn't qualify. The rate would be one hour for every 30 hours worked. I'm concerned about this one as who is in the nearly group? Will this mean people will have a harder time getting work, if they have health problems now? What do all of you think?
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6 responses
• United States
2 Jun 08
Wow, that is a good question. It is a good thing I am not in the workforce anymore. I am a SAHM and prefer this much better.....well, for now at least. Until my twins are in school. Even then, I am sure that sick leave pay would come in handy. It would be a blessing when I have to go pick up one of my babies for any reason and that sick leave would probably be used for that purpose. Although, I am NOT a fan of my government doing anything, I mean, ANYTHING, to help me out. God gave me a brain to use and that is what I am doing at home, writing and doing what I have always loved. If it comes to taking a handout, forget it...I would rather not take anything from my state, California, or national government. Once they have you in their system, they will always have you. It is a vicious cycle.
@Fishmomma (11371)
• United States
2 Jun 08
I know this one is a great question. Members avoid my best hard questions. I appreciate members that come answer the hard ones. California does have a lot of government involvement in our lives. Oregon, where I use to live, didn't have so many bills and new laws that would mean a change in my life.
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@dragon54u (31637)
• United States
2 Jun 08
I don't think that government should dictate business practices. People will naturally gravitate towards the businesses that have the best benefits. However, in the economy as it is now I don't think that argument holds much water.
@Fishmomma (11371)
• United States
2 Jun 08
California is being hit hard by the bad economy. I think this will help a few people that don't already have sick leave paid now. My husband already has paid sick leave and works for one of the biggest employers in this state.
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@richiem (3646)
• Philippines
2 Jun 08
For all government officials here in the Philippines, paid sick leave is a privilege (i guess most of the business entities gives such paid leave). We use it in case of emergencies so that we don't have to worry if our salaries have decreased because of our being absent. of course, it is always a requirement to have a healthy body before having a job. that is why we have medical examinations before we are actually hired, right? i think paid sick leave is one way of showing the management's concern to their employees. employees are part of the stakeholders of a company. and companies must heed to meet their stakeholders needs.
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@Fishmomma (11371)
• United States
2 Jun 08
When I was a teacher, I never used sick leave, but was glad it was available. I would have used it, if really sick, as wouldn't want to make the children sick.
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@jer31558 (3683)
• United States
6 Jun 08
I have seen places with paid sick leave. I felt like it was more beneficial to the employee than the company. Though there may be some cases of discrimination due to sickness, both parties would be the winners.
@Fishmomma (11371)
• United States
6 Jun 08
Your right would be quite beneficial to the employee. Many people that work part time can't get any benefits, but not sure, if they will get any with this bill. I think the bill is a good idea, but its not very clear on who will get coverage.
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@jer31558 (3683)
• United States
23 Jun 08
Well, if it covers no one else, hopefully it will cover those that have the lowest income.
@winterose (39897)
• Canada
7 Jun 08
I see nothing wrong with it, paid sick leave is needed when you are sick and you have a family to feed and no money coming in. I always had paid sick leave, some places one day a month some places maximum 5 days a year but I always had it when I was working, usually it kicked in after a year of service with the company.
@Fishmomma (11371)
• United States
7 Jun 08
I hope this is the reason for the nearly as that would be great. People would realize they have to work at a place for a certain amount of time before getting benefits. Actually, I think the nearly is part time people will get zero benefits, which is what many places do in this area now.
@whittby (3073)
• United States
3 Jun 08
What I think is no matter what they do, what laws get passed, there is a group that gets left out it seems. I think paid sick time is important, but if someone has a health problem, how much sick time would they use up? Why not just have universal health coverage, including long term coverage for sickness. I don't know how the details would work out, but I don't think it should fall entirely on the employer. It seems like it is so hard to come up with a plan even though this election may give us some hope. I wonder if prices will go up because of the new laws.
@Fishmomma (11371)
• United States
4 Jun 08
I am certain health care is going up. The real problem is nobody can agree on a universal health plan. Many people don't have coverage or have a limited amount of coverage, so don't go to the doctor right away for help. They wait until the problem is more serious, which usually means it costs more to help the person. I wish there was a quick solution to this problem. Many Americans do want everyone to have coverage, but how will it be paid for now? I don't have an answer for this question, as my husband and I can't afford full coverage for ourselves.