This week I have been dealing with my mortality. Is being in good health an inalienable right or not?
I found it pressing to learn in America many people are not allowed paid Sick Days even if they are full time employees. If you get sick on the job, you go to the job and you do the job.
The reality, for a surprising percentage of the U.S. population, is more like the 19th century. Nearly half of all full-time private sector workers in the U.S. get no paid sick days. None. If one of those workers woke up with excruciating pains in his or her chest and had to be rushed to a hospital — well, no pay for that day.
For many of these workers, the cost of an illness could be the loss of their job.
The situation is ridiculous for those in the lowest quarter of U.S. wage earners. Nearly 80 percent of those workers — the very ones who can least afford to lose a day’s pay — get no paid sick days at all.
If you work in the food preparation industry or if you care for the elderly, the
chances of you getting paid Sick Days are slim. That means our food
supply and the infirm elderly are most at risk for the active
transmission of viruses and germs.
There is an effort to create a Federal law requiring any business with
more than 15 employees to provide seven paid Sick Days a year for every
Small businesses are, of course, wailing and fighting to defeat paying
sick people for not coming to work — and we’re certain to see another
bloody battle between the “Haves” and the “Have Illnesses.”
If you are in the United States, how many Sick Days do you get a year
as part of your full-time employment package? Do you use all the days
If you are not caught in the American system of medicine and healthcare
— how are Sick Days handled where you live?
Do you get paid to stay
home and get well, or are you required to attend to your job in — In Sickness and in Health, ’til death do you part? — no matter what ails you… and we wonder why so many people are married to their jobs!