Several major U.S. companies including Netflix, Chipotle and Microsoft recently began offering their employees paid sick and maternity leave. The U.S. is currently the only industrialized country that doesn’t require companies to provide sick leave to their employees. 35% of American workers do not receive any type of paid sick leave.
The lack of paid leave in general is a system that only begets inefficiency cycle after cycle. In some countries, men and women will have up to a year or two of government or privately sponsored sick, and more importantly paternity/maternity leave. This is because other countries know that to properly raise a child, one must really be around all the time in the early years, if possible. I believe the lack of time spent in raising a child can be reflected in the sad state of affairs in this country. People grow up less ready for this world, and ultimately less connected to it because they didn't have their father around a lot as a kid, who was constantly working late to give me and my sister a better life. And in that regard, I advocate family leave in general.
Businesses should not only be required to give employees paid leave on sick days but should be required to give at LEAST a 1 month PAID vacation every year. & make those sick days unlimited or offer a temporary remote/work from home position.
Yes, to the maternity leave because the woman still needs time to heal after having a baby. However, with a sick family member businesses should be required to only if the employee provides verifiable proof of the sick family member.
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