Two articles on sick leave were published in the Sun today. I guess because I am a cynic, I assume that is because the O'MalleyCrats in Annapolis will son be pushing a sick day requirement on business.
Rodricks wrote a refreshingly critical piece about the crazy number of sick days taken by teachers. Although he wrapped it up by blaming that (in part) on parents for having to send sick kids to school because THEY lacked the sick days required to stay home with the sick child.
Jamie Hopkins had this piece about advocates pushing for a larger system so that everyone can have ten sick days to play with.
Nationwide, there's a have-and-have-not aspect to paid leave. Most high-wage workers have it; most low-wage workers don't. "All of us at some time do get sick, our kids get sick, our parents get sick," said Jason Perkins-Cohen, executive director of the Job Opportunities Task Force, one of the organizations behind the new Working Matters coalition. "If you aren't able to accrue leave … what are you supposed to do?"
Paid leave is guaranteed in much of the world but only in a few places in the United States: Connecticut, San Francisco, Seattle and the District of Columbia. Activists are also pressing for laws in several other cities, including New York, and more than a dozen states.
Local business groups aren't eager for Maryland to join in. They say that requiring paid leave would burden companies that don't have a lot of workers — or a human-resources department to manage leave.