Restaurant owner refutes WSJ op-ed – says paid sick days are good for the bottom line

After publishing a misleading op-ed using distorted data, the Wall Street Journal posted this letter to the editor from a San Francisco restaurant owner supportive of paid sick days.

The author of the letter, restaurant owner Jennifer Piallat, writes she was “pleasantly surprised” with the ordinance’s positive affect on her bottom line and reliability of staffing. Read the full letter below:

From the Wall Street Journal:

As one of the San Francisco business owners for whom Michael Saltsman purports to speak in his recent op-ed “The Downside of Mandated Sick Leave” (op-ed, July 25), I feel the need to express my disappointment with his criticism of our paid sick law. As a restauranteur, I was hesitant about the impact of the San Francisco Paid Sick Leave Ordinance on my bottom line and the reliability of my staffing. But after putting the policy into place I was pleasantly surprised.

Not only has my staff not abused the system, we’ve been much less likely to have “sick-outs.” Since restaurants have such close quarters, we used to have so many sick staff at once, we’d have to close. Now people stay home when they’re ill, thus not infecting the customers or the other staff members.

If any business owners are alarmed by articles like this one, I will be glad to give them real-life examples to combat the barrage of statistics Mr. Saltsman manipulated to support his claims.

Jennifer Piallat

Owner, Zazie Restaurant,
San Francisco

About seattlehealthyworkforce

The Seattle Coalition for a Healthy Workforce is a diverse coalition of businesses, faith-based, labor, family, and community groups. We’re working to ensure everyone has paid sick days, so we can all have safer food, healthier families and more productive workplaces.
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