Tony Sandkamp, owner of Sandkamp Woodworks in New Jersey recently joined a panel of business leaders at the New York Regional Forum on Working Families, organized by the White House and the Department of Labor.
Part of the discussion focused on paid sick days. While many employees take it for granted that their employer will still pay them if they are forced to stay home sick a few days each year, many more workers are not given the option. If employees don’t come to work, they aren’t paid. Even scarier, if they miss work because of sickness, they risk losing their job.
Sandkamp has owned a custom woodworking business in Jersey City for more than 20 years. Sandkamp makes furniture and cabinets that are unique and one of kind – any mistakes can be very costly. ”Paid sick days just makes common sense – even for me and my small business,” said Sandkamp.
“For me, paid sick days is a non-issue since it will improve my employee retention,” said Sandkamp. “The cost of training that employee and replacing them is many times greater. I need people to work at their best every day. If they are sick and feel financial pressure to come into work, they are much more likely to make a mistake or potentially hurt themselves.”
My business bottom line is not only about dollars – it’s about keeping my employees healthy and happy.
The momentum is growing for economy-boosting policies like paid sick days. Laws requiring paid sick days have been passed nationwide- and recently, Jersey City and Newark joined the ranks.
Small business owners across the state support high roads, family friendly laws that are good for small businesses, good for workers, and good for the local economy.
As we work together to build cabinets, paid sick days help build common ground, which makes my business stronger, and my employees’ lives better,” said Sandkamp.
Check out a video of the panel discussion here.
Read op-ed by Newark Business owner Holly Kaplansky here
Read our report about the costs/ benefits Newark’s Earned Sick Day ordinance here