The proposal to make paid sick days mandatory in the NYC restaurant industry continues to fire up everyone involved. Workers argue it's a right enjoyed by just about every other industry in the country. Owners like Landmarc's Marc Murphy argue it will put a lot of restaurants out of business.
Both sides have valid points. Cooks do get sick, they prepare food for others, and should be entitled to the same rights as other members of the American work force.
But this business gets hit particularly hard when someone calls in sick. There are rarely extra hands in a restaurant, so if someone can't make it, someone else gets called in. And if the business owner is paying for sick days, now he or she is paying 2x.
Marc Murphy also points out that many of the hypothetical sick days are actually "Hangover/I'm Sick Leave Days,' which may be slightly off topic, but it's hard to argue with him.
We have a good mix of line cooks, servers, & restaurant owners here at GigaChef-what's your take on Mandatory Sick Days for people in the industry? Long overdue or unfair burden on the business?