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  •  Am I missing something? Every company I've (1+ / 0-)
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    worked or had as clients 1959 to 2003 offered sick leave and vacations. Usually 5 days sick leave and 1 - 2 weeks vacation depending on how long you've worked there.

    This is both in Texas and PA. Never heard of a company not having a sick leave policy.

    If I remember correctly when I had mono in the early 70s and was out for quite a long time, the company continued to  pay me. Granted I had worked their for  at least 10 years, but I don't think there was ever a question about getting paid.

    Progressives will win when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

    by auapplemac on Fri Sep 16, 2011 at 08:20:10 PM PDT

    •  I've worked in both PA and FL. I never had paid (5+ / 0-)

      sick days.  Ever.

      Never had paid vacation days either.

      And never got paid more than $8.50 an hour.

      The world is different for the working poor than it is for the mid-to-upper level white collars that most DKosers belong to. And there are a lot more of us than there are of you.

      •  Wow, Really???? (0+ / 0-)

        Ok Learned something. Must be a regional thing In my case.

        Every Place i ever worked at here in PA Always had 5 "Free Days" for everyone.

        •  it depends on the job (1+ / 0-)
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          If you are a white collar IT techie or a low-level manager, you'll get sick days and vacation days.

          If you're a schmuck working the assembly line, you won't.

          Since most DKosers are white collar and are in the upper half of the income pyramid, they live different lives than we schmucks on the assembly line do. And sadly, many liberals are all full of plans to "help the working people" without any more than a theoretical understanding of how working poor people really live.

          That's why we get a "health care reform" that addresses the issues and concerns of white-collar well-off liberals, but doesn't do jackshit for working poor people and does next to nothing to help us.


    •  I think the very small companies will have most (1+ / 0-)
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      problem here.  Whether we like it or not, many small companies don't pay sick leave.  Money to do so has to come from somewhere.  I don't see any funding or tax breaks provided for this.  

      You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

      by Cartoon Peril on Fri Sep 16, 2011 at 08:52:21 PM PDT

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    •  Yea, I think PA actually has a Law... (1+ / 0-)
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      of 5 days, I think.

      But I have never heard it being an issue in any case. We have these things called "Free Days" here though. Not "Sick Days".

      5 Days you can take off work for whatever reason. Don't think that's a law. Just kinda evolved that way.

      •  PA has no law requiring sick days (0+ / 0-)

        or vacation days.

        PA also has no law requiring lunch breaks.

        It sounds as if you may be thinking of the Family Leave Act, which grants employees up to three months (unpaid) leave time to care for a sick family member if necessary. That is a Federal law, not state. And it doesn't apply to individual sick days--and only applies to companies with 50 or more workers.

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