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Should Paid Sick Time Be an Employment Standard?


Many of you admit that you go to work sick because you're too busy to miss work, but for 46 million US workers it's not the workload that's keeping them from taking time off, it's that they don't have the benefit of paid sick leave. Advocates of proposed state bills mandating paid sick leave are hoping legislation would expand existing benefits and add new ones.

Come November, voters in 12 states, including California, Connecticut, Minnesota and West Virginia, will have the chance to share their feelings about proposed state laws that would enforce businesses to offer paid sick leave. According to the US Department of Labor, about 80 percent of management-level workers have paid sick time compared to 39 percent of service workers.

Washington DC and San Francisco already have laws requiring paid sick time off, which helps ensure workers can still pay their bills even if they come down with a flu that leaves them bedridden. Workers' advocates believe paid sick time should be an employment standard like the federal minimum wage. Do you agree?

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