The importance of companies offering sick leave to their employees and its effect on morale and productivity were the focuses of a joint conference call held by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Ohio business owner Heather Rocco-Geissler, CEO of Challenger Aviation Products Inc.

The call between Brown and Ohio media was Wednesday.

“(Offering sick leave) is not a public cost. This is individual businesses,” Brown said. “When more workers show up to work without sick leave, they’re not as productive. They are more likely to cause others to be sick, who will be less productive.”

Recent legislation has made it difficult for Challenger to maintain its health care standards, said Rocco-Geissler, but she and Brown agree that should change after 2014 when certain aspects of health care legislation become effective.

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