At my job we get PTO and holidays (floating depending on the year), but no specific sick days.
Apologies for any naivete.
When I was at Yahoo, we had unlimited sick days (and my manager aggressively enforced that), but after this law passed they asked us to mark any sick days we took off to comply (still unlimited, but somewhat tracked).
You might try to make a distinction between contagious and non-contagious diseases, but it'd probably be unwise as often people don't know if they are contagious or not, and anyway encouraging healing isn't a terrible idea even if they aren't.
That said, you shouldn't be cheap on the vacation days either.
Why limit the amount of days your allowed to be sick? What happens if you are sick for more days than what your contract allows?
I would think that a finite amount of sick days will have the opposite effect of what you are describing. People will come to work even when they're sick, just in case they get even more sick later in the year. Except for the end of December of course, can let those unused sick days go to waste!
The number of days you are allowed to be sick is not limited; the number of days of paid leave to deal with being sick is limited.
> What happens if you are sick for more days than what your contract allows?
Depending on the nature of the illness and other factors, you may be eligible for unpaid (by the employer), job-protected leave under FMLA or similar state laws, and may be eligible for disability payments during that leave under state law. The employer may, even if that law does not apply, extend paid or unpaid leave beyond what it is committed to in your contract, but is under no obligation to do so.
They threaten to fire you for taking too much sick time, and they don't pay you for the additional days. They complain that you aren't reliable enough and that they need someone who is reliable.
It is nice to never actually need to provide a reason/note to be out, but I think the combination does stress some of my coworkers (e.g. "I don't want to take vacation because what if I get sick", "Oh great, I'm sick, now I can't take vacation").
We have 6 holidays + 1 floating that we can use, and they don't roll over from year to year.
Why wouldn't they be? I assume they're mandatory in most countries.
Sickness is just part of the cost of doing business with people, not robots.
So in US employers just whip sickly people into coming to work or how does that line of reasoning work?