News briefsSix months without missing a day enters hospital staff in draw • Americans logging more hours than Canadians • If I went back to college… • Stock market still hurting pension plans • Tip line catches overtime fraud • Ottawa eases up on entry rules for skilled immigrantsBy 10/06/2003|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/06/2003 Six months without missing a day enters hospital staff in drawVancouver — The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority will reward staff who go six months without calling in sick with a chance to win $300 in gift certificates. The plan to reduce absenteeism has critics, including the B.C. Nurses Union, questioning why any employer would create an incentive that encourages staff to come in sick. Such an incentive means sick workers can show up and infect other staff, actually driving up absenteeism. And in the case of a hospital there’s the added risk of passing an illness to patients, critics charge.Americans logging more hours than CanadiansOttawa To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.