Will Your Employees Get Mandatory Paid Time Off?
A number of states and cities require employers with more than 20 employees to give paid sick leave to their employees. They include Connecticut, the District of Columbia and the cities of Portland, San Francisco, Seattle and, most recently, New York.
And, activists in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin are pushing for similar legislation in their states.
This past March, Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced legislation in Congress, the Healthy Families Act, which would allow workers to earn paid sick leave and use it for personal illnesses, caring for sick family members, preventive care or for domestic violence treatment.
While this Act has support among labor groups, many small employers oppose the legislation. So, earlier this Spring, we surveyed 259 of our small employer customers to determine how they felt about making paid sick leave a mandatory benefit for employees. (For the record, 95 percent of employers surveyed had between 2 and 10 employees, and none had more than 50). Read the rest of this entry »