You might be surprised to learn that most hourly workers don’t get paid sick leave. If they get the flu, they choose between working while sick or staying home and not getting paid. It’s a choice that us salaried folks fortunately don’t have to make.

While you’re thinking, “Gee, that’s too bad,” you might also think about all those restaurant workers. When they’re sick, they have to make that choice, and most of them can’t afford to miss a day of work. So they show up, along with their germs. To prepare and handle your food. And your kid’s food.

So, this week, out of a sense of fairness or enlightened self-interest, the Chicago City Council unanimously passed the Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, where workers can earn up to 5 paid sick days a year.  Over two dozen other U.S. cities have a similar ordinance.

It doesn’t go into effect until July 1 of next year, so until then, keep taking vitamin C.

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