Mandatory leave will not keep workers home

12/16/2009 | NYTimes.com

A newspaper report this week about four Chicago women who went to work while ill illustrates that a mandatory-sick-leave policy will not keep people from coming to work while they are under the weather, writes New York Times blogger Jay Goltz. For small-business owners who are often portrayed as the villain in the debate, Goltz explains, the bottom line on sick leave is its affordability at a time when small business is burdened with higher costs from "poor banking oversight, higher real estate taxes, higher unemployment taxes, out-of-control health insurance and frivolous lawsuits."

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