It may be slipping under the radar somewhat of late, but there has been a lot of activity relating paid sick and family leave mandates in a host of states over the past few weeks. Delaware Governor John Carney signed legislation this week making it easier for state workers to donate sick time and annual leave to new parents and for those parents to use it. State Representative Debra Heffernan who sponsored the bill has said her goal is a guaranteed 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents. At this juncture, the mandate only applies to state workers, but can you guess who’ll be next Last week, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondi signed legislation that mandates all Ocean State employers provide their workers with 3 days of paid annual sick leave effective in 2018, 4 days leave in 2019 and 5 days every year thereafter. The Council of the District of Columbia will be revisiting its new family leave policy with a public hearing on a flock of bills seeking amendments to the District family leave policy. The hearing will be held next Tuesday, October 10 beginning at 10:30 AM. Out in Texas, the Austin City Council has formally voted to develop a sick leave policy that will require private employers to provide some amount of paid sick leave to all employees. At this point, there is no formal sick leave proposal before the council. Rather, between now and February, a group of “stakeholders” will gather feedback from business owners, workers and health organizations and develop a specific ordinance to present to the council. The lone bright spot on the subject this week comes from Albuquerque, New Mexico where city voters very narrowly rejected a proposal to require all employers to provide paid sick leave. The proposal would have included all employees, part-time and temporary as well as full-time and would have applied to any employer with a physical presence in Albuquerque. The measure failed by only 700 votes out of 91,000 votes cast, so rest assured – paid sick leave will be back!