I disagree with capping sick days, because the alternative, of employees periodically taking “sick day holidays”, just to use up their sick days, is just as expensive, and undermines their honesty.
And of course, the idea that someone might be sick or have an accident lasting more than a week at a time over the course of years, and be at threat for losing their job, should be considered.
Finally, workers sign contracts in which their employer voluntarily offers sick days as a perquisite to their job. To strip them of what they earned, voluntarily, by not being sick, is like saying, “Well, we promised you a wage, or salary, but it is now costing us too much, so we want say, $2,000 back. We’re retroactively capping your pay.”
What comes to mind is that sick days are actually a big incentive for a school district in contract negotiations, so if they put a sick day cap in the contract, there is a good chance that teachers will “shop” what district they want to work in, and go for the better offer. (Which happens right now).
I think the whole idea of sick days distinguished from vacation or leave days has passed by. I favor the PTO concept. In my view, there should be a limit of how many days should be allowed to accrue to be paid out at the end of one’s service or contract. Lastly, PTO beyond a set number of days, say 3, needs to be pre approved or else becomes unpaid. If the PTO is for sickness, same applies, after three days one needs a medical note or approval.
Sorry if that does not fit someone’s idea that a job is secondary or terciary in one’s life plan but it is impossible to manage a business wherein employees come and go at their whim...even if they work for the government. Yes, one earns their PTO but with that does not come the right to use it whenever they wish regardless of the impact on their employer and coworkers. All IMO of course.