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.