The SEI Union's proposal requiring companies to offer at least seven days of sick leave is bad for Ohio.
First, voting in this law will create more government oversight and more tax dollars will be wasted monitoring businesses. One of the most common calls to government I've heard from Republicans, Democrats and Independents is to tighten its belt when times are bad just as constituents must do when their wants/needs outpace their income.
Second, there is rampant abuse of sick days at companies already offering them. CCH Inc., a Riverside, Ill., provider of employment information, has found only 35 percent of sick days are used for personal illness. CCH also found unscheduled absences cost companies an average of $660 a year per employee. When employees would be losing a day's pay, one finds those employees are generally not as sick as they thought. If you're not sick enough to go to the hospital, you're well enough to work.
Thirdly, when other employees, supervisors and managers have to pick up the slack for those absences, their own productivity goes down, their stress rises and their morale erodes. Companies that feel they can take those impacts or that sick days are a necessary perk for their employees already offer them.
Lastly, I agree with Ty Pine with the NFIB of Ohio. One-size-fits-all petitions are no good for the state. When you pass these types of measures, you take flexibility away.
While this measure is definitely "feel good," it is definitely not what Ohio needs. We need less government intrusion into the economy, not more. We do not need workers abusing sick days and lowering company productivity. We need more flexibility, for business so our economy can grow and our taxes can recede.
William T.M. Theisen