We need workplaces that don’t make parents lie about being sick

It no surprise that recent research shows that on school PD days, many people call in sick and cancel work. In fact 700 people from an 18,000 person organisation (Vancouver Island Health Authority) called in on November 21 – a non-instruction day in BC. This apparently costs billions in terms of lost work and replacements. If we were more honest as a society we would create workplaces that supported parents and did not force them to lie. In my rough calculation a child is out of school for about 35 days a year for teacher PD days and holidays, not to mention dental and doctor appointments, sickness and two months of summer holidays. Surely we can come up with work hours that better meet both corporate, children’s and parent’s needs. [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][Source: Victoria Times Colonist][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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