I feel I must speak out about earning paid sick leave. Especially since I'm a single mother. My oldest is now out of the house so I'm down to two but even with them I would be dead without paid sick leave. Matter of fact most of my annual leave is used for them as well. Between true illness, doctor and dental appointments I would not be able to survive without paid sick leave. There may be night and weekend appointments witha few doctors but those are normally booked a month or longer in advance. So if one has an emergency you have no choice but to use sick leave. When I'm sick I normally have to drag myself to work as I save it for my children.