Paid sick leave should be employer's decision

08/28/2014 7:08 PM

08/29/2014 6:23 PM

Re "Paid sick leave a humane and sensible right" (Editorial, Aug. 28): AB 1522, which would require all employers to give employees three days of sick leave a year doesn't cover just absences for an employee's sick leave. It sounds like a good idea to give employees sick leave because you don't want sick people at work.

However, The Bee managed to leave out that it covers paid time off to care for children, stepchildren, parents, step-parents, foster parents, guardians, in-laws, spouses, domestic partners, grandparents, grandchildren and siblings. Basically, all of your closest relatives. Many employees will take it whether it is needed or not.

This is nothing more than giving an employee an extra three days off paid time. For small businesses, that is huge. Sick leave is not the business of the state. It is between the employee and the employer.

-- Becky McIntyre, Pollock Pines

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