The employee absentee issue continues to provoke debate at Hamilton City Hall.
Human resources staff have laid out a plan to reduce sick days by 10% --- or by an average of one per employee --- after presenting a report to the Audit and Administration Committee.
The report shows that employees eligible for paid sick time took an average of 10.5 days last year at a cost to the city of 11.6 million dollars.
City Manager Chris Murray stresses that the minority are the problem, noting that 74% of employees took two sick days or fewer.
The city's targetted reduction strategy will focus on "patterns of absenteeism", such as employees who often take Fridays or Mondays or add sick days to their scheduled vacations.