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Taking the Pulse of Public Health - "Paid Sick Leave" Bill Introduced

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009   

Denver - Next time you eat out - consider how many sick days the people preparing your meal are allowed to take. A measure being introduced in the Colorado General Assembly would guarantee up to nine paid sick days a year for workers at companies with more than five employees. State Senator Morgan Carroll of Aurora, who is one of the bill's sponsors, says many employers in Colorado don't provide workers with paid sick days, and those workers shouldn't have to choose between health and a paycheck.

"There is a huge sector of employees who are basically facing the choice between going to the doctor or losing their jobs."

Carroll says that when workers are in food service or other jobs that deal directly with the public, staying home when sick is a matter of protecting public health.

Opponents say the measure could open the door to employee abuse of the policy, and that it's "bad for business." Carroll says the facts paint a different picture; cities with similar laws have seen job growth.

Denver pediatrician Dr. Dean Prina says he sees lots of parents in his practice who risk losing their jobs to take time off from work to care for a sick child, or bring the child to the doctor.

"These parents are really sort of stuck between a rock and a hard place, wanting to be a good responsive parent, but also wanting to be a good employee."

He says sick children whose parents can't afford to give up a shift often end up at school or in day care, where they spread the bug throughout a community.

"Despite the best efforts of a day care center, it's just inevitable that these kids are often little walking germ factories."

The doctor adds that children often spread germs to their parents, who then carry them to work, further adding to the problem.

The sick leave bill would not allow employees to "cash out" their sick days. Similar laws are already on the books in Milwaukee and San Francisco.



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