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Should companies have to pay employees who are off work sick?


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It is normal that sometimes people become sick and can’t work. It might be something mild like a bad cold, or something much more serious. When people are off work sick it is normal, in most cases, that they still get paid. Sometimes they are paid by the company and sometimes they are paid by the government, depending on the country and circumstances. There are some business owners that feel that if an employee cannot work, for whatever reason, then they should not have to pay them. Others argue that sickness is not the fault of the employee and it is their right to still get paid.


Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question.

Affect (Verb) = to have an influence on someone or something, or to cause them to change OR to cause a strong emotion, especially sadness.
Example: “We were concerned about how changing schools would affect the children”.

Benefit (someone/something) (Verb) = to be helped by something or to help someone.
Example: “The yoga classes are really benefitting me”.

Entitle (Verb) = to give someone the right to do or have something.
Example: “I think I am entitled to an increase in my salary”.

Government (Noun) = the group of people who officially control a country.
Example: “The government need to do more to reduce pollution”.

Responsibility (Noun) = something that it is your job or duty to deal with.
Example: “I have a lot of responsibility at work”.

Responsible (Adjective) = to be the person who caused something to happen or be the person who should deal with a situation.
Example: “John is responsible for preparing the dinner tonight”.

The law (Noun) = the system of official rules in a country.
Example: “If you choose to live in a country you must obey the law”.

The Question

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Should companies have to pay employees who are off work sick?

Additional Questions

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  • When was the last time you were off sick from work? Did you still get paid?
  • Who pays you if you are off sick from work?
  • Do you think the government should be responsible for paying people who are sick and can't work?
  • Should a company be able to fire someone who is off work sick a lot?

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