Monday, June 23, 2008

Sick Days Ohio, aka: The Healthy Families Act

Local firms voice fear on sick-leave act

Duh!

There is nothing 'family-friendly' about a proposition that drives employers and jobs out of the state! How friendly will such legislation be if the family no longer has a job because of the costs of this act?

6 comments:

Tim Higgins said...

Maggie,

The good news is that if this act passes, many Ohioans will have additional time to spend at home with sick family members ... having no job to go to any longer.

Robin said...

It would be nice if all employers were able to provide sick days for their employees. But, some do not. You know what your employer provides before you get hired in. If sick days are important, don't take a job that doesn't provide them. (And yes, I know that in some cases that is easier said than done when jobs are scarce.)

Maggie Thurber said...

Good points, Tim and Robin...

but it seems that if you're desperate for a job, a steady paycheck without sick days is better than no paycheck at all...

Of course, that's just me.

Scott said...

More paperwork for the HR departments. The cost of doing business gets more and more prohibitive with senseless regulations. I don't know, but I would guess that the average person misses just two to three days per year for sick time. Even employers who so not have official sick days policies will normally allow accrued vacation time to be used.

Bill said...

I am an employer and am having to take away a weeks vacation from all my employees (100+) in advance of this law passing -- as I cannot change anything after it passes. I'll be out in front of this huge cost (about a quarter million dollars in my case), but many will not. Even so, I have become very unpopular with my employees for this move. There simply is not an additional $250,000.00 in my operation to give, and I take nothing out of my company but a small salary!

Mslaboo said...

I do not think people are looking at this the right way. Most jobs provide sick time already as a benefit to Full-Time employees. This ACT will allow part-time employees to recieve this benefit. The agency I work for is a non-profit organization that is 93% funded through Medicaid, and medicaid is not given up free money. So where do this money come from? It is up to the agency/job to find this money. I work for a ICF MR/DD ageny and MRDD agencies state wide will be taking a budget cut next year. $220,000 for the agency I work for to be exact. So once again "where do the money to fund 7 sick days for part-time employees come from"? It will be the agency responsibility to come up with the money. That means my agency will have to make major cut backs which include: down sizing staff (most likely to be the first to go are part time positions), no more yearly raises, taking away full-time employee benefits (i.e less vacation and sick time a year), no more end of the year bonuses,etc. These are some of the things you have to think about if this law passes. It's just not about the employees, this also effect the individuals we provide services to in the long run. I can go on-and-on about this, I just do not think this will benefit anybody.

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