Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, lie, lie

Does your company's sick pay policy allow you to take off when your kids are sick, or do you do what many folks do in that scenario -- start coughing, call the boss and lie, lie, lie?

All the proposed federal, state and city legislation on earned sick time allows paid sick time to be used by the person, or by the person for care of a family member. 

Whatever one's position on mandatory paid sick leave, this part is a good idea. If you are going to have mandatory paid sick leave, it should include an ability to use that time to care for a child or elderly parent. Otherwise, everyone is lying and I generally think it is a bad practice when people are put in a position to have to lie. It breeds cynicism that carries over into other venues on the job. It puts supervisors in a bad position as well, when they are pretty sure that coughing on the phone is fake. So are they supposed to enforce company rules at the expense of alienating a good employee in a tough situation?

You can read more about this whole idea in a story I wrote in Thursday's Philadelphia Inquirer on a forum at the Free Library sponsored by the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces

More on the legislation tomorrow.