April 11, 2013 14:08
We provided an update earlier this week about efforts in Florida to prohibit local governments from implementing laws that extend to paid sick leave.
Efforts are cropping up all across the country.
Legislation in Michigan was approved by committees in the state House and Senate that would ban local governments from requiring employers to allow unpaid sick leave that isn’t required by federal or state laws.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter vetoed a proposal that would require businesses to offer workers paid sick leave, saying that it would result in job cuts that would hurt workers.
Paid sick leave is also a central issue in the New York City mayoral race.
Big businesses are pushing back, using strategies in the state legislature that pre-empt local sick leave ordinances.
States like Arizona, Indiana, Florida, Oklahoma and Washington are all considering paid sick leave bills.
The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting linked the state’s legislation to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) – an organization that pushes anti-worker, anti-union legislation in statehouses across the country.
Senator Tom Harkin, D-IA, and Representative Rosa DeLauro, D-CT have proposed a national paid sick leave bill introduced in the Healthy Families Act (HR 1286/S. 631).