I find it ironic that people who claim to be pro-business, like Mayor Bloomberg, fail to embrace the policies that would actually help business most. And, besides being smart, sick leave is the right thing to do.
44 million Americans don't have access to sick leave.
79% of food service and hotel workers don't have access to paid sick leave--services that ought to be vigilant about ensuring disease doesn't spread.
Sick leave increases morale, reduces accidents, reduces health care costs, and improves productivity. Most employers (80%) in areas with mandated paid sick leave find that there is little to no effect on their bottom lines.
When people have to choose between paying their bills and staying at home, work often wins. This can lead to people putting off needed medical care and spreading their sicknesses to other workers. Sick leave saves lives and prevents the spread of disease.
So even if Mayor Bloomberg exercises his veto, I hope people will realize that his stance against paid sick leave harms business more than it helps.