If implemented, this bill would require the Commissioner of Labor Statistics to create a report every year on the use of paid sick leave. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) would also be directed to run a study on the use of paid sick leave within 18 months of this bill's passing.
For every 30 hours of work, employees could earn 1 hour of earned paid sick time. However, employers can put a cap on the number of hours an employee can earn on 56 hours. Unless an employer chooses to up that ceiling.
Under this legislation, part-time workers would also get paid sick leave — but it would be less, proportional to how many hours they work.
Sponsoring Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT) has introduced this bill in every Congress since 2004. However, for the first time in that run of introductions, this bill has the explicit support of the Obama administration. As noted in press release before the 2015 State of the Union:
"A body of research shows that offering paid sick days and paid family leave can benefit employers by reducing turnover and increasing productivity. Paid sick days would help reduce lost productivity due to the spread of illness in the workplace. And these policies can benefit our economy by fostering a more productive workforce."
Opponents of paid sick leave generally come with arguments about economics. They note that employers know better than anyone else how to balance their budgets while offering benefits to their workers, and that paid sick leave should be left to individual businesses. As noted in a Wikipedia article on paid sick leave
"A 2013 study by the Employment Policies Institute found that many businesses responded to a paid sick leave mandate in Connecticut by reducing paid leave, scaling back employee benefits, cutting back on hours, reducing wages, or raising prices. About 24% of employers that responded to the survey said they'd hire fewer employees as a consequence of the law and 10% admitted that the law had caused them to limit or restrict their expansion within the state."
Sponsoring Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT) Press Release
CBO Cost Estimate (Previous Bill Version)
National Partnership For Women & Families (In Support)
Planned Parenthood (In Support)
Wikipedia Arguments Against
Orlando Sentinel (Opposed)
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