Presenteeism and Paid Sick Days
Publication Date: February 2005
Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy
Author(s): Jodie Levin-Epstein
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Coverage: United States
Employers who do not provide paid sick days may feel it is too expensive to pay for workers who do not come to work. However, new research suggests that when workers are sick on the job, their presence comes at a cost to employersÂ—the "hidden" cost of reduced productivity. This four-page paper defines "presenteeism" and discusses what can and is being done about it.