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B.R. small business against paid sick leave

1 year 9 months 3 days ago January 20, 2015 Jan 20, 2015 Tuesday, January 20 2015 January 20, 2015 4:51 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Mark Armstrong

BATON ROUGE - President Obama wants all workers to get paid when they're out sick, but the proposal has some small business feeling ill.

"We could afford to do it, but its just another mandate that's coming down from government, and we're just trying to run a business," said Clay Pinson, part-owner of Massengale Grounds Management Inc., a Baton Rouge landscaping company.

The United States is among the only developed nations to not require companies to provide paid sick leave to workers. President Obama wants every worker to have seven paid sick days a year.

Pinson's company does pay its employees when they're out sick. "We have an employee out this week with the flu. There were really no questions asked. We really didn't want them to make the rest of us sick," said Pinson. But the businessman says many small companies are already overburdened with other regulations, like the Affordable Care Act.

According to Bureau for Labors Statistics, employees who work part-time or for a small business are the group most likely to not be paid if they're out sick. The White House says companies who offer paid sick leave experience higher levels of productivity and lower levels of employee turnover.

The President is expected to take up the issue in his State of the Union address.

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