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Presenteeism and Paid Sick Days

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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

Topic: Labor (Labor conditions, wages, salaries, and benefits)

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

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 employers—the "hidden" cost of reduced productivity. This four-page paper defines "presenteeism" and discusses what can and is being done about it.