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Christopher Flavelle

Sick Leave Doesn't Hurt Business, Says Business

Paid sick leave doesn't have much impact on businesses, according to those that have been required to offer it.
Maybe she should stay home.

Maybe she should stay home.

Photographer: Scott Olson/Getty Images

President Barack Obama's push to mandate paid sick leave generates two types of pushback. The first is a philosophical question about how much government interference is appropriate in the workplace, which can't be answered with data. 

The second type of resistance is different, because it revolves around the effects of such a law -- for businesses, workers and consumers. Here, the data matter a lot. And unlike a few years ago, when those practical effects could mostly just be guessed at, a lot more information has recently become available, as an increasing number of cities and states adopt laws mandating paid sick leave.