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Its so important that I ...

It's so important that I am able to take a day off when sickness impacts our family. There are days when my daughter or son has thrown up or run a high fever, and I can't take them to work, and they can't go to daycare. I must be able to stay home with ...
—AnonymousWashington

My cousin has 2 sons On...

My cousin has 2 sons. One 3 and the other is 2. Majority of the time when a kid gets sick the rest of the household starts the feel the effects as well. When her 3yr old got sick at daycare she had to keep him home until he was well enough to go back. ...
—KrystalKentucky

I dont know what Id do ...

I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have sick/personal time to take when my kids get sick. I'm fortunate to be able to work from home occasionally, too. A society that is based on family values should value families.
—MariaIllinois

My hours were cut so I lo...

My hours were cut so I lost any vacation and sick days. We were then given the points system that punished us for being ill or late, with or without sick pay or doctors notes. I became so ill because of the stress of my job that I finally had to quit. ...
—Karen

I had to go to work sick...

I had to go to work sick. I was still very ill after having suffered a stroke. I had to tough it out on narcotic pain killers and willpower in order to keep my health insurance that I desperately needed!

I've had to take my sick children to work ...

—LisaDistrict of Columbia

I did not get sick days a...

I did not get sick days and because my daughter was frequently ill when she was younger I was written up and almost lost my job due to missing 8 days of work in 1 year so that she would be cared for when she was sick. At the time I was working full time ...
—ValerieWest Virginia

I am presently sitting ac...

I am presently sitting across from a sick co-worker. Every time he gets sick, I get sick. He's sick often and says that he can't afford to stay off from work. I can't afford to stay off from work either. But, I will use my vacation time or just stay ...
—cynthiaGeorgia

I work for a school distr...

I work for a school district.

I am in one particular school for 8 hours a day.

Imagine if every parent, of a sick student, sent there student to school instead of staying home with the child until the illness has subsided! The school would NEVER ...

—JayWashington

As a teacher I was lucky ...

As a teacher I was lucky to have sick/personal days. I didn't use them unless absolutely necessary, as they were worth money when I retired. But, as a single mom, I needed days when my children were sick, or doing something special at their school I ...
—helenKentucky

Ive been a temp at my jo...

I've been a temp at my job for almost 2 years - that means NO paid days off, except holidays, and very few at that. I get no vacation days and no sick days. My son had chronic ear infections for months until I could finally get a doctor to agree with ...
—JessicaMissouri

Even though I am a highly...

Even though I am a highly educated professional, I work part-time so that I can better balance my family and work. I work for a local municipal government- one where everyone thinks we all get outrageous benefits. Well, my benefits as a part-time worker ...
—AmyOhio

My husbands employer c...

My husband's employer "cancelled" Paid Sick days because business was lagging. My husband had a medical emergency and had to go to the ER. He was docked a day's pay. Even when business improved, the employer failed to reinstate paid sick days because ...
—AnonymousMaryland

I have 4 children and do ...

I have 4 children and do not have paid sick days. My income is affected greatly when I have to take time off of work to take care of my sick kids. Also having to stil pay for doctor visits and medcation is also costly.
—MISTYCalifornia

I am employed and earn 1 ...

I am employed and earn 1 sick day per month. Even with this benefit, my husband and I struggle to cover the needs of three children. Our school system is designed for children who can give 150% every day. However when we have health challenges, no one ...
—AngelaNorth Carolina

My kids are grown now but...

My kids are grown now but when they were ages 10 and 7 me and their father divorced. My son has asthma and often was too sick to really be sent to school but being single I would send him off many days to school knowing I should probably keep him home ...
—AnonymousCalifornia

I need paid sick days bec...

I need paid sick days because I work at one of the High Schools in my county. People are always sending sick kids to school no matter how old they are. It is too easy to get sick from kids,without paid sick time ,I would be staying at work passing the ...
—DebVermont

All parents need paid sic...

All parents need paid sick days because nothing is more important than the health and well-being of the children we have brought into the world. No parent should be forced to choose between a paycheck and their child. Especially when a paycheck is, in ...
—AnonymousPennsylvania

I am new to my job but I...

I am new to my job, but I still am provided with paid sick leave during my first few months. I have had to use a few hours here and there to go to an emergency dentist appointment, and to stay with my child when my spouse was too ill to get out of bed. ...
—ClaireCalifornia

PAID SICK DAYS ARE IMPORT...

PAID SICK DAYS ARE IMPORTANT TO ME AND MY FAMILY BECAUSE NOONE PURPOSELY GETS SICK AND IT IS UNFAIR NOT TO BE PAID WHEN HAVING TO BE "OUT SICK" FROM WORK BECAUSE ONE OBVIOUSLY DOES NOT HAVE ANY CONTROL OVER GETTING SICK OR NOT.
—GABRIELA ELENARhode Island

Having sick days is a vit...

Having sick days is a vital aspect to the health of our community, in recent years there have been outbreaks of H1N1, mumps, and other very contagious and serious diseases; if people cannot afford to stay home we all suffer the consequences. My own daughter ...
—AnonymousWisconsin
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