Efforts to pass paid sick leave laws face backlash


You're sick. It's Monday, you have a deadline, and you will not get paid if you don't go to work. You have no choice but to pack up your fever and sniffly nose and go to the office. There are state and national efforts to change this. Many argue the merit of going into work when you are sick, because of the loss of production otherwise. Lynne Sarikas disagrees. "This is penny-wise and pound-foolish," said Lynne Sarikas, director of the MBA Career Center at Northeastern University. "If you take away sick leave, you get people coming to work sick who then get other people sick." So what about the loss of productivity, a legitimate concern of many? "What you save on not paying the first person to stay home you lose many times over with other people getting sick and not being productive," says Sarikas.