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Paid sick days are often a luxury that not all employees get to take advantage of, especially in the United States. However, more and more cities and states are adopting laws that require employers to provide paid sick days to all employees. While many employers initially resisted this idea because they felt it would cost them money and that workers would take advantage of paid sick days, most have found that it is relatively inexpensive and that workers appreciate and value being able to take paid sick days and do not take advantage of the privilege.

The Sick Day Policy

Most other industrialized countries require employers to give their employees paid sick time and yet in the United States only about half of the workers enjoy this privilege. There is currently a push to make this a federal policy that would effect all employers across the company but many feel smaller businesses that already struggle in our current economic situation would feel the most burden from a policy such as this. However, many companies do have a sick day policy and do not share this information with employees for fear of losing money.

When to Seek Help

In the State of California, it is against the law for an employer to make employment-related decisions based on the ethnicity, gender, race, national origin, ancestry or religious creed of an employee, among many other provisions. The California Fair Employment & Housing Act covers employers that have more than 5 workers. It serves to protect the legal interests of employees in the workplace by preventing ethnic discrimination.

However, knowing that you are able to take a sick day and still be paid helps decrease the number of workers who show up to work sick and infect others which ultimately effects overall productivity and available workforce. If your work place has a sick day policy but you do not get the full benefit for any reason, contact Shegerian & Associates for help with legal action.