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Require paid sick time?

With flu spreading, EconoMeter panelists address where employers should have to provide paid sick leave

Roger Showley, U-T SAN DIEGO

Friday, January 18, 2013

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Kelly Cunningham, National University System

From an epidemiological standpoint, requiring paid sick time could reduce the spread of communicable diseases. Economically, however, there are additional issues at stake. Mandates such as this depress employment, particularly among the lowest paid workers in various industries. California would find itself even further behind other states having no such mandate. Rather than adding another regulatory requirement, it would seem a state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation and already experiencing an outflow of employers should not be adding another restriction. While getting the flu is a bad thing, not having a job is usually worse.