Two out of five working Philadelphians have no sick pay, according to a study conducted by the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, a research institute that, as it says, provides "ideas that fuel the progressive movement." They will present their study at Philadelphia's City Hall at 1 p.m., today, Tuesday, in a session sponsored by PathWays PA and Women's Way, two organizations that advocate for better situations for women. Two City Council members will discuss potential legislation. Later, advocates will roam the corridors of City Hall, lobbying council members to pass legislation about sick pay.
Here are some questions: Many people who are parents call in sick when they really need the time to take care of sick children, or on the other end, sick parents. What should happen here? Would it be better to acknowledge the reality and offer a certain amount of sick time to be used for whoever is sick? What is the appropriate mechanism? Can businesses afford to subsidize little Johnny's chicken pox? Is it their obligation or responsibility in any way? Is there a difference between what happens to worker A, a high-ranking associate in a law firm, and worker B, a line chef at a diner? Should there be a difference?