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  •  Not really (9+ / 0-)

    That's a short-sighted, and self-centered, way to look at it. By having a decent sick leave policy folks who are sick can stay home and not infect you. How much is your good health worth to you? Or would you rather Bill from marketing or Sarah from payroll sneezed or coughed some H7N9 on you because they were afraid of losing a day's pay?

    Sorry conservatives, but Occam's Razor isn't a beard trimmer for jihadists. What it means is I don't have to accept your crazy-assed theories as an alternative to reality.

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 04:15:21 PM PDT

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    •  your world is scary! (2+ / 0-)
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      •  that may not be fair. if one only has (2+ / 0-)
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        Ginny in CO, Victor Ward

        one or two weeks of PTO, I could see what you're saying.  I've probably got 3 or 4 or something, so there's no risk of running out even if I'm sick three or four days.

        •  It is scary, and very real. (2+ / 0-)
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          worldlotus, Ahianne

          Especially in high turnover, low paying jobs. Another benefit that has disappeared for many: Extended Illness Time (EIT). It builds up every paycheck, at a much lower rate. Can be used if you have taken 3 PTO days in succession. Usually needs a doc note, may need ok to RTW as well.

          I distinctly remember a new supervisor ending my first annual review with "And you are Never sick!"  Which was true. I never used  EIT until my GP's LPN was just SURE (on a phone call) I had a viral sinus infection and insisted I do sinus washes. ED diagnoses 2 days later were hilar lobe pneumonia, bilateral otitis media with ruptured eardrums. I was out 5 weeks. Fortunately I had enough combined PTO and EIT to cover the base hours. No OT or night shift rates...

          "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

          by Ginny in CO on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 05:38:58 PM PDT

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    •  But I worked for a company where "sick time" (0+ / 0-)

      Included time off if the employees' kids were sick. That sounds like a great benefit... Until you're the young single (or older married but child-free) dupe that always gets stuck working late because everyone calls in sick when their kids happen to have winter and spring break, and you have to cover their and your desks too.

      Then they show up a few days later with golden tans.

      PTO means you don't have to make excuses or explain why you're out of the office. You have the time, you take it. If you don't, you don't. Plan accordingly. If you get sick more often, bank your time.

      We're adults here.

      © grover

      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 10:52:55 PM PDT

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