Posts Tagged ‘paid sick leave’

Paid sick leave breakthrough in NYC; denied in Florida

Monday, July 15th, 2013

American employees rarely get paid sick leave. So, they work sick. On May 8, 2013, the New York City Council passed, by the vote of 45 to 3, a bill affecting one million workers that requires employers in the city with over 20 employees to offer 5 days of paid sick leave per year, effective April 1, 2014. In 2015, employers with 15 or more employees must provide the benefit. This was a major sea change in the city’s employment laws, something good for employees and a mandate for employer responsibility.

Mayor Bloomberg objected. [He had won a waiver for all City workers from the state’s anti-violence law passed years ago. And he promised to exempt NYC from employee protections granted in the Healthy Workplace Bill when it passes in NY State.] Mr. Entrepreneur and his cohort employer buddies hate paid sick leave, too. He vetoed the NYC bill, but it became law 2013/046 with a Council vote override (47:4) on June 26, 2013.

Great news for New Yorkers. But travel 1,000 miles south to Florida where the Governor led state legislation to override and deny any paid sick leave requirement that a city or county (Miami-Dade and Orange counties were considering bills like the one in New York City) may choose to adopt.



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WBI Survey: Half of workplace bullied targets forgo taking leave

Monday, February 11th, 2013

WBI 2013-A Instant Poll

Individuals who are bullied at work can suffer stress. With prolonged exposure, that stress can trigger stress-related diseases. Health complications follow. At some point, those individuals are adversely affected and work suffers. It becomes apparent to them, coworkers, and family members that leave from work should be taken to allow for health recovery.

Leave options for American workers include taking paid sick leave, filing for workers compensation, taking family medical leave or seeking disability insurance. Only 23% of private-sector employers offer at least one day of paid sick leave. There is no national mandate for employers to provide paid sick leave in the U.S.



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