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Sick Policy

Posted Friday, November 30, 2012, at 9:55 AM

As a registered childcare provider, I have a sick policy. Children cannot come to my childcare if they have vomited, had diarrhea, or a fever in the past 24 hours. This is to protect not only the other children in my care but my own family as well. If a child exhibits those symptoms while in my care and I know it is due to illness and not other childhood issues such as teething, common cold or medication than the parents are required to pick up their child and take them home. This requires them to leave their work and find alternate care.

I will never understand employers who harrass and bully employees when they themselves are ill or their child is ill. I have even had some parents tell me that their employer prefers that they first come to work and then leave ill even if they knew they were already ill. These employers were in various fields including food preparation and service and healthcare. I don't want sick people handling my food or administering healthcare to me. I really think that employers just need to use their common sense. I understand that there are those who are "always" ill and really just don't want to work but there are many more who are loving mothers & fathers and just cannot help it if they or their children get sick. Be understanding and be compassionate and be smart.

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Capitalism is a great system, but you gotta take the bad with the good.

-- Posted by Sony on Fri, Nov 30, 2012, at 1:15 PM

I wonder if there is a way to measure the lost productivity that happens when someone who is ill comes to work anyway, in other ill employees working less efficiently when later they, too, drag themselves to work sick, or when they successfully convince their supervisor the wisest course would be to stay at home.

With a sick child, I have an interesting point, I think. I had a friend who supervised a department at a utility company and had a number of mothers on his team. When a mother would say she had to leave work to pick up a sick child, or stay home a few days due to a sick child, he would ask them: "When does your husband/the father take his turn?"

Usually, the mother would say, "That's not our agreement. We agreed that I would take care of these responsibilities."

Larry's point was, "What about my agreement? I think since you're both parents, you should take equal time off work to care for your children as necessary. Why should my department suffer while his department still has him full time?"

Larry did not have children, and he was raised in a Catholic family with six children and a mom who stayed home. But as a manager, he felt mothers deserved equal consideration for their careers (and that his bottom line deserved equal effort as well.)

-- Posted by AmyPeterson on Thu, Dec 6, 2012, at 1:55 PM

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My name is Leah Cauthron. I was born and raised on a farm near Cushing, Iowa. My parents still live there. I am a conservative Catholic. I have been married to Randy for 22 years and we have six children. I received my degree in Criminal Justice from Eastern Wyoming College and as a mother of six and a daycare mom, I have used probable cause, reasonable doubt, search and seizure, Miranda rights, submission, arrest and interrogation technique as a part of my daily life. I can also shoot a .357 magnum with deadly accuracy. I have lots of opinions on lots of things. I am not an expert on anything but I read a lot and will gladly share that information if I find it accurate. I have a sarcastic nature and for the most part I have pretty thick skin and most things don't bother me for long. I don't like mudslinging or name calling so keep negativity of the personal nature to yourself. Enjoy and welcome to my opinion.
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