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Published on Friday, February 1, 2013

Establishing standards and requiring employers to offer paid sick leave

HB 1313 sets minimum standards for how much sick and safe leave an employer must award to employees. It appears to also cover temporary and part-time employees. Many provisions in this bill state that sick leave must carry over from year to year, conflicting with many current practices that limit how much leave can be accrued. The bill also requires the employer to keep track of the sick leave an employee earned in the event the employee leaves that job, but later returns. Civil action can be brought if an employer violates any of these procedures.

The bill does not apply to employees who are working under a collective bargaining agreement; however, agreements could be reopened as an argument of fairness. While many cities offer substantially more sick leave than this bill would require, there are concerns about the impact on smaller jurisdictions and the impact on collective bargaining agreements as well as temporary or seasonal employees. Because of these concerns, AWC opposed this bill.

Categories: Personnel