Mass. Labor Secretary Pushing For More Paid Sick Days For Workers

BOSTON (CBS) – Gov. Deval Patrick’s labor secretary went to Beacon Hill Tuesday to stand with supporters of a paid sick leave bill.

Joanne Goldstein called the proposal that would allow workers to earn up to seven paid sick days a year a basic right.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports.

“There’s obviously benefits for the employee, who is able to take care of him or herself, as well as children or parents. Actually, I think it benefits the employer, because the employer is ensured of a work force that is healthy, focus, and productive,” said

Bill Vernon of the National Federation of Independent Businesses said the paid sick days would put an impossible burden on small business, which has always found a way to deal with sickness without state interference.

“They know their employees. The employees know the boss, and they work it out,” said Vernon.

The bill has 67 sponsors. It is currently in committee.

  • emom

    Will it be a use it or loose it deal, a carry over , and over , and over every year deal, or will it be combined with their vacation and personal days, which will only be allowed a minimul amount to carry over, like 5, 7, or a years worth and must be used by a certain opoint the next year… No more of this get paid for not using any days after 20 years and it results in about a years worth of salary., Most workers do not even have this kind of benifit , if we dont use it its gone JANUARY 1st,, no carry over and certainly no getting paid for it in 20 years, give it but no lenghtly deals if none is not used,, enough is enough….

  • DrStrangelove

    Why don’t we just give our public workers 351 sick days and only require them to work 14? Oh wait. that would make them all President Obama. If the president can take more vacation days than his Aunti Petunia, why shouldn’t Deval and his minions be allowed the same luxury?

  • emom

    Why should the taxpayers PAY for this , I am sick of my taxes going toward their GOLDLINED , OVER INFLATED, OVER STUFFED, VERY DEEP POCKETS…which seems to have this hand that reaches out and GRABS OUR MONEY….. No more benifits like this its so unfair to the ones that truely work hard and get so little…..

  • Buddy

    Sick day’s are a basic necessity. I see no reason why we all do not have them available, but within reason. The need for them is simple. You get the flu you jeopardize your colleagues, customers, clients etc the risk of spreading the disease.

    Note the within reason comment. Perhaps a perk of perfect attendance should be in place for the folks who do not abuse the system. This seems to be for small independent business owners and not a state employee of federal employment issue.

    Trust me the state workers along with the federal workers already have this perk and all at the taxpayers expense.

  • Denise

    I received an email today that said I should send it to 20 people… well you’re my 20 – the goverment should put in place:
    A Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States .”

  • Mark

    Agree with Denise should be at both State & Federal levels

  • Allym

    I believe the article is about the workforce as a whole and not specifically public employees.

    Government should not interfer with a businesses’ benefits package. Sick time is benefit not a right.

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