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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Fair Scheduling Proposals Spreading

It began (as many of these ideas do) in San Francisco as part of the “Retail Worker’s Bill of Rights”, but the notion of so-called “Fair Scheduling” or “Strict Scheduling” laws is gaining more traction in states around the country.  Last week, the Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development heard public testimony…

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Vermont Angling for Paid Sick Leave

Although (thankfully) their legislative session has ended for this year, the state of Vermont is already angling to pass a sick leave mandate onto private employers during the 2016 session.  That objective was announced by lame duck Governor Peter Shumlin along with current Speaker of the House and 2016 gubernatorial candidate Shap Smith at a…

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California Governor Vetoes Sick Leave Expansion

We told you above that Governor Gerry Brown signed the Franchise Relations Act last Sunday, but what he also did that day was veto a bill that extending existing unpaid sick leave benefits to as much as 12 weeks of job-protected leave.  The extension provided by Senate bill 406 would have allowed for leave to…

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16 Week Paid Leave Introduced in DC

In the “frosting on the cake” category, Washington DC Councilman David Grosso this week filed legislation that would mandate up to 16 weeks of paid family leave for all employees in the District of Columbia!  The proposal would require that all non-federal employers pay into a city-managed fund (what could go wrong with that?) that…

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All Politics Are Local

The late Speaker of the US House Tip O’Neil may have coined that phrase and truer words were never spoken, so you can absolutely expect paid sick leave and minimum wage increases to be major campaign issues in the 2016 presidential race.  This Business Journal article lays out some of the reasoning behind it being…

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Obama Mandates Paid Sick Leave

It may be just the first federal volley on the subject, but it follows the same pattern as the minimum wage push did a few years ago.  President Obama, in a Labor Day speech to Boston unions, announced an executive order that will require paid sick leave for employees of any private contractors seeking to…

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