Small Businesses Required To Offer Paid Sick Days?

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Should all business owners be required to provide paid sick days to employees? There is a lot of controversy over this subject right now since Connecticut, WashingtonD.C., and San Franciscohave already implemented this law and Seattlewill follow suit in September, according to Sarah E. Needleman. Some feel that requiring small businesses (those with less than 50 employees) will feel the financial and productivity strains from providing paid sick days and may have to close their doors because they just can’t afford it. Whereas, the other side feels that this is a necessity to ensure a work-life balance is created that allows employees to not work when they or a family member is sick. Ultimately, when an employee comes into work sick they are 1) not getting the rest they need to get better and 2) they are spreading their germs throughout their contact with other employees and / or customers, thus getting others sick as well.

  • San Francisco– as of Feb 2007 has required nine paid sick days for employers with 10+ employees and five paid sick days for employers with less than 10 employees.
  • Washington D.C. – as of May 2008 has required seven paid sick days for employers with 100+ employee, five paid sick days for business with 25 – 99 employees, and three paid sick days for employers with less than 25 employees.
  • Connecticut– as of Jan 2012 has required five paid sick days for employers with 50+ employees; however, employers with less than 50 employees and manufacturers are exempt.
  • Seattle – as of September 2012 Seattle will require five paid sick days for employers with five – 49 employees, seven paid sick days for employers with 50 – 249 employees, and nine sick days for employers with 250+ employees.

Do you think that paid sick days should be required for all businesses?

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