MYTH: Employees are going to take advantage of you and paid time off and take it all at once.
FACT: Business owners overwhelmingly say that employees rarely end up using all of their time and they see no trends of abuse.
MYTH: It’s complicated and difficult to manage paid time off for employees.
FACT: Once you declare the paid time off rule (i.e. accrue 1 hour per 30 hours) then your time management/payroll system manages the tracking for you.
MYTH: It’s too big of a financial investment for me to offer paid time off to my employees.
FACT: Business owners continue to give examples of the money they save because of offering benefits like paid sick days. Lower attrition and turnover, better customer service, higher engagement, etc. Many businesses offering these benefits cite average employee tenure that is up to 5 times their industry averages.
MYTH: It doesn’t hurt my business by not offering paid sick days.
FACT: Business owners consistently say that they would have more risk if they didn’t offer paid sick days. By having sick workers able to stay home, they don’t infect other workers or those they serve.
MYTH: All small business owners oppose paid sick days.
FACT: Many small business owners, even those who don’t currently offer paid sick days, support having a standard. In order to stay competitive they need it to be required so that it’s a level playing field for them and their competitors versus them being the only ones offering it and accounting for it in their expenses.
MYTH: Paid sick days are different than paid time off.
FACT: Employers that already offer paid time off that can be used when sick (i.e it is not previously scheduled, for example when someone calls in sick that morning) are already meeting the paid sick day standard. Some employers offer paid time off and separate sick time, which is also okay.
MYTH: Workers would be able to earn unlimited paid sick time.
FACT: We are advocating for workers to earn 1 hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to 40 hours a year. Of course if employers want to provide more than they can.