And while sick-leave
proponents figured that any added costs to businesses would be minimal--since the costs of sick pay would be offset by increased productivity--the partnership study projected $789 million a year in added costs.
the country's largest private employer, was recently criticized by the National Labor Committee for its sick-leave
policy, which includes giving demerits to workers when they miss work because of illness.
Evelyn Becker, a partner at O'Melveny & Myers, says after the ordinance there went into effect last fall, she counseled clients on carefully examining their sick-leave
policies to ensure compliance because the qualifying conditions are so broad.
At a time when Massachusetts' economic well-being depends on promoting private-sector growth, a legislative committee's plan to micromanage sick-leave
policy in the private sector is ill-conceived.
Both Harley and Kerry received sick-leave
time donated by their co-workers.