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Majority Of Americans Believe Food Workers Need Paid Sick Days

By Pat Garofalo on Jan 17, 2013 at 3:45 pm


Illustration by Chris Ware, Lexington Herald-Leader
79 percent of workers in the food industry and a whopping 90 percent of restaurant workers report having no paid sick days, despite the obvious hazard posed by food workers coming to their jobs while sick. According to a new survey commissioned by the National Consumer League, Americans believe that should chang.

57 percent of respondents said it is “very important or important that the restaurant they frequent provide workers with paid sick days.” (In a slight disconnect, fully 92 percent of those polled said “it’s very important or important that the servers and cooks in the restaurants they frequent do not cook or serve while sick.”)

“Without having the benefit of paid sick days, restaurant workers can’t afford to be sick and are forced to come to work — and handle consumers’ food — when they should be at home resting,” said NCL’s Michell McIntyre. “Providing paid sick days is very clearly in the interest of consumers and the workers who handle their food.”

But lack of paid sick days is a problem that extends beyond the food industry. Overall, 40 percent of private sector workers and 80 percent of low-income workers do not have a single paid sick day. 20 percent of workers report either losing their job or being threatened with dismissal for wanting to take time off while sick.

The U.S. is currently experiencing the worst flu season in a decade, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that workers exhibiting flu-like symptoms stay home from work. But for a huge number of workers — including those handling the food that untold numbers of Americans will eat — staying home simply isn’t a possibility. (HT: Joe Satran)

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So a bunch of servers want paid time off? Do you have any idea how much that would get abused. Good grief.

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most of us would not want someone sneezing in our french fries .

here is your order sir would you like some flu with this?

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Well ray I am surprised you havent banned french fries in California. You already started with banning happy meals.

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what on earth does that have to do sick food handlers cash.

I think you are having a break down over the election.

Its as plain as the nose on your face the gop might be crushed at mid term.

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quote:
Originally posted by CashCowMoo:
So a bunch of servers want paid time off? Do you have any idea how much that would get abused. Good grief.

I was night shift manager at a family owned restaurant for about 3 years. I can say first hand that this would benefit both employees and the public.

It was always a battle trying to get employees to stay home when they were sick because most of them, (especially the waitresses who get paid less than minimum wage + tips), couldn't afford to go 2-3 days without pay.

The end result was employees hiding that they were sick and coming in anyway, only to eventually infect everyone else in the kitchen, (not to mention untold customers).

Sure, this might get abused, and someone might stay home when they are not sick because they know they are getting paid, but any good manager should know when an employee is BS'in about being sick, and in my kitchen employees that BS'ed weren't around very long anyway.

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I have been self employed for 30 + yrs but don't most employers provide a few paid sick days / yr? I disremember.

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A Vicious New Strain Of Stomach Flu Shows The Importance Of Paid Sick Leave

By Guest Blogger on Jan 28, 2013 at 10:50 am


Our guest blogger is Jane Farrell, a research assistant for economic policy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

It seems that the U.S. is set up for a double-whammy outbreak of illness this winter — after enduring one of the worst flu seasons in years, America now faces an especially vicious strain of the highly contagious norovirus, also known as the stomach flu. This strain, “GII.4 Sydney,” originated in Australia and just made the leap to the U.S. after tearing through Britain, France, and New Zealand.

Unfortunately, the United States has yet to employ one of its best defenses against spreading this illness and other contagions more widely: universal paid sick leave.

Norovirus causes stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. It is easily spread from person to person or through contaminated food or dirty surfaces. About 21 million Americans contract it annually and of those infected, approximately 70,000 are hospitalized and 800 die. The elderly and very young are especially at risk once infected.

According to the Centers for Disease Control:


Most (72 [51%]) of these GII.4 Sydney outbreaks resulted from direct person-to-person transmission; 29 (20%) were foodborne, one (1%) was waterborne, and the transmission mode was unknown in 39 (28%) of the outbreaks. Long-term–care facilities and restaurants were the most frequently reported settings, accounting for 91 (65%) and 18 (13%) of the GII.4 Sydney outbreaks, respectively.”

There is no vaccine for norovirus and no drug available to treat it.

Unfortunately, nearly 40 percent of U.S. workers who care for the elderly lack even a single paid sick day. While caregivers are presumably putting their patient’s health ahead of their own and staying home if they are sick, these oftentimes low-wage workers will suffer disproportionately if they miss even a day’s pay.

Moreover, only one-third of workers in service occupations have paid sick days. Nearly 80 percent of those working in the Leisure and Hospitality industry lack this benefit. This means that the people preparing restaurant meals or cleaning hotel rooms have good reason to come to work sick. The U.S.’s lack of paid sick leave is out of line line with all other highly developed nations.

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Hey Ray! Finally there's something that we both agree on!

I've always believed that any employee at any job, full or part time, should have some paid sick leave. Regardless of the industry, who in their right mind wants a sick individual coming to work and infecting everyone? We allow 5 per year which I believe is on the generous side but it's mainly because I'm a germaphobe. If an employee has as little as a minor headache I'd prefer they stay home, could be the early stages of something worse.

And yes, the policy is abused but it's just one of those things that an employer has to accept as a cost of doing business. A sick leave policy is really nothing more than an extension of a vacation policy, every employee from the worst to the best is going to be "sick" each year by the exact amount of days that the policy allows, usually no more and definitely no less. I've actually thought about droping the policy altogether and just granting everyone additional vacation time but for some reason it just doesn't seem right to do so.

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quote:
Originally posted by Upside:
Hey Ray! Finally there's something that we both agree on!

I've always believed that any employee at any job, full or part time, should have some paid sick leave. Regardless of the industry, who in their right mind wants a sick individual coming to work and infecting everyone? We allow 5 per year which I believe is on the generous side but it's mainly because I'm a germaphobe. If an employee has as little as a minor headache I'd prefer they stay home, could be the early stages of something worse.

And yes, the policy is abused but it's just one of those things that an employer has to accept as a cost of doing business. A sick leave policy is really nothing more than an extension of a vacation policy, every employee from the worst to the best is going to be "sick" each year by the exact amount of days that the policy allows, usually no more and definitely no less. I've actually thought about droping the policy altogether and just granting everyone additional vacation time but for some reason it just doesn't seem right to do so.

I wish I had an invention that would allow a digital at home illness detector and could send the results to the employer instantly to show if someone was in good enough health that day to do their job and not get other sick. Some kind of biometric non intrusive app on a computer. Sounds a little too futuristic, but with things advancing the way they are it should not be too far off.

swab the cheek, analyze, and report, all in under 5 minutes. flu, bronch, fever, etc.

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Originally Posted By CashCowMoo:

"I wish I had an invention that would allow a digital at home illness detector and could send the results to the employer instantly to show if someone was in good enough health that day to do their job and not get other sick. Some kind of biometric non intrusive app on a computer. Sounds a little too futuristic, but with things advancing the way they are it should not be too far off.swab the cheek, analyze, and report, all in under 5 minutes. flu, bronch, fever, etc."
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No problem, i will just keep a little virus in a bottle and swab it for you. Then you will know i was really sick.

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just swab the toilet bowl [Wink] or your dogs A##

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