Friday, January 02, 2009
There is a push at the State Capitol to make sure Minnesota workers get paid if they take a sick day from work.The government can better figure out the cost to employers of possible infection from sick employees than can the employers themselves. Right. Gotcha.
The Minnesota Paid Sick Days Coalition along with Sen. Ellen Anderson and Rep. John Lesch will unveil the Healthy Families, Healthy Workplace Act Friday.
Sen. Anderson and Rep. Lesch say sick workers cost employers in lost productivity while also spreading illness in the workplace.
The bill would establish a minimum number of paid sick days and detail how workers can accrue sick days.
A reminder to Sen. Anderson and Rep. Lesch to read their Friedman:
There are four ways in which you can spend money. You can spend your own money on yourself. When you do that, why then you really watch out what you�re doing, and you try to get the most for your money. Then you can spend your own money on somebody else. For example, I buy a birthday present for someone. Well, then I�m not so careful about the content of the present, but I�m very careful about the cost. Then, I can spend somebody else�s money on myself. And if I spend somebody else�s money on myself, then I�m sure going to have a good lunch! Finally, I can spend somebody else�s money on somebody else. And if I spend somebody else�s money on somebody else, I�m not concerned about how much it is, and I�m not concerned about what I get. And that�s government. And that�s close to 40% of our national income.