Sunday, January 11, 2009

Speaking of sick-leave laws

Don't let 9 to 5 read this article from the WSJ.

Mind-blowing: Guy in Belgium gets dumped by a girl he dated six months, claims depression, and is told that instead of coming in to work, he can play soccer, drive his new sports car, and go to parties. His employer was required to pay his first month's salary, the taxpayers then picked up the bill for 80% of his pay until he felt like going back. He could have kept it up indefinitely.

I'm sympathetic to people with an actual mental illness, but sweet Barack Obama's waffle, this is disgusting.

Article is also full of examples of people calling in sick to watch soaps and sleep off hangovers--and the law says they have to be paid.

The U.S. GDP per capita is approximately 129% of that Belgium. Shocker.

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