New Jersey Sick Leave Bill Advances

Fortunately, it hasn’t cleared all the requisite hurdles yet, but a bill to mandate paid sick leave for all employees in New Jersey was passed by the critical Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee early this week by a razor-thin 7 – 6 vote.  One democratic senator joined the 5 republicans to oppose SB.799 in the…

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Department of Labor Pushes Mandatory Sick Leave

Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) tipped their hand by sending one of their executives to Massachusetts to testify in support of a legislative proposal mandating sick leave for all private sector employees.  This week, they threw in for “the full Monty” with the department formally proposing a rule that will mandate paid sick…

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Vermont Passes Paid Sick Leave

When as expected, Vermont Governor Pete Shumlin signs the bill passed by the legislature last week, Vermont will become the fifth state to pick up the mantle of mandating private employers provide paid sick leave to their employees.  The legislation provides that beginning next January 1, employers in the Green Mountain state must give employees…

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DOL Official Endorses Paid Sick Leave

As if sticking it to business through the aforementioned overtime rule wasn’t enough transformation, Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu came to Massachusetts last week to advocate for the adoption of mandated paid family and medical leave for all employees.  The administration’s push for national paid sick leave mandates has not gotten any traction in…

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DC Council Considers New Paid Sick Leave Plan

In the sober light of day, the District of Columbia City Councilors are hopefully starting to realize how expensive these feel good mandates can be.  A paid leave proposal being considered in DC would require employers to pay into a fund from which employees would be paid up to 16 weeks paid leave for employees…

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Minimum Wage Heading to Ballots

Often going hand-in-hand with paid sick leave, the push for increased minimum wages across the country continues unabated.  San Diego City Councilors voted last week to put an incremental minimum wage increase, including a mandated 5 days annual sick leave for all employees, on the ballot for the June 7 presidential primary election.  The increase…

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Paid Sick Leave Back in Vogue

In some states where the minimum wage has already been dramatically increased (subject to judicial and other challenges – think New York), elected officials have looked at mandating paid sick leave and predictive scheduling as the next frontiers in fighting “income inequality”.  Maryland Senate majority leader Catherine Pugh (D-Baltimore) is a prime example.  She announced…

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Court Overturns Pittsburgh Sick Leave Mandate

Speaking of employee leave issues, a Pennsylvania court has struck down as “invalid and unenforceable”, a Pittsburgh ordinance mandating private employers provide one hour of sick leave to their employees for every 35 hours worked.  The decision, rendered just before Christmas by the Alleghany County Court of Common Pleas, invalidated the municipal sick leave requirement,…

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No Earned Sick Leave In Maine

At least for purposes of the next legislative session, the state of Maine will not be considering mandating paid sick leave for private employers.  Filed by Senator Anne Haskell of Portland, the earned sick leave proposal was rejected by the Legislative Council which determines annually which legislative filing will be considered in the subsequent legislative…

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Further South

The City Council in Mountain View California, located on the San Francisco peninsula, approved an increase in their minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018.  The new law phases in the increase from the current $10.30 to $11 in January.  The minimum then jumps an additional $2 per hour in each of the subsequent…

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