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School District’s Sick Day Reform Plan Means Employees Can Miss Two-Thirds of the Year!

Ms Kelly Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 4:16 PM
This is typical of government workers in general and one reason why government is bankrupting our country. My sister went to work for the state of CA. She is from Indiana and we were raised with a strong work ethic by our parents. She said that all she did was show up for work every day (as she would have anywhere) and they thought she was the greatest employee in the world. Obviously, they were used to employees who called in "sick" whenever they felt like it. This is what it’s like working for the government. Just doing your job makes you exceptional.

Many school districts allow employees to accrue unused sick days without limit and cash them out upon retirement.

In the Detroit district, for example, such a policy cost the district $12.5 million in unused sick leave in 2010-11.

It’s a major problem, but too many school districts are only taking baby steps to correct it.

In the small Holton, Michigan district, support personnel earn one sick day for each month worked. They’ve been allowed to accrue unused sick days without limit and cash them out upon retirement, or take extended leaves for any reason.

But now school officials are...