Payroll Question of the Day: A Mandate for Paid Sick Leave?

>service worker on payrollConnecticut is now the first state to require paid sick leave for some businesses, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Signed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the new law requires businesses in the service industry that have 50 or more hourly employees to offer one hour of sick time for every 40 hours worked. Workers can use this time for themselves or to care for an ill child or spouse, and for other matters including cases of family violence. The law caps the paid sick time at five days annually.

Backers of the cause in Connecticut compare this legislation with the passage of other historic workplace measures such as occupational safety and health standards. The Connecticut governor campaigned on the idea, saying that paid sick leave is a matter of public health. The new law will affect between 200,000 and 300,000 service workers in businesses such as restaurants, nursing homes, and hair salons.

Opponents of the bill say that paid sick leave will hurt Connecticut businesses, making them less competitive and forcing them to cut back other benefits. Some businesses also see government as encroaching on their right to decide what benefits they offer to employees on their payroll.

Paid sick leave bills have been introduced in 20 states and cities, according to the article. San Francisco and Washington D.C. also mandate sick leave.

What do you think of Connecticut’s new law? Should paid sick leave be required? Please share your thoughts!

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