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map showing which countries have paid sick leave; U.S. is one of very few that does not
Guys, this is not okay. Connecticut is the one state in the country that has passed a paid sick leave law, but such laws are spreading in major cities. Yet Connecticut's Senate has passed a bill that would weaken the state's sick leave law, and the House is considering it. According to Family Values at Work, the business-backed S.B. 1007 would:
(1) Cut out workers in every job in the manufacturing industry at all facilities. [...] A manufacturer with administrative and production facilities in separate locations is now required to provide paid sick days at the administrative facility, but not the production one. This bill would exempt manufacturers entirely as long as their business falls under NAICS’s manufacturing categories, regardless of the activities they conduct at different facilities. The result: some workers who currently earn paid sick days would lose that protection. Workers who serve particular functions (clerical, administrative, etc.) in one industry would be treated differently than workers with the same job responsibilities in another industry. [...]

(2) (2) Give incentive to become a “small employer for a week” to evade the law and prohibit workers from earning sick time. The current law requires that service workers earn paid sick days if the business they work for employs at least 50 people in Connecticut during any quarter of the previous year. This bill proposes to substitute a single, specific week – the first week in October – as the time period for determining an employer’s size. An employer who employs more than 50 people most of the year could slash their staff for one week in October and claim not to meet the threshold. The potential for employer abuse is enormous.

(3) Add to scheduling instability. Under current law, employees accrue one hour of sick leave for every 40 hours worked per calendar year. Under this bill, they would accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours they are scheduled to work in a week during the 365-day year their employer designates. [...] It would encourage employers to post schedules at the very last minute and to utilize unscheduled work arrangements; employees of the most abusive employers with the worst scheduling practices would have the most to lose and the least ability to earn sick days, regardless of the number of hours they actually work, letting “bad apple” employers reap the benefits.

(4) Make people use more time than they need, hurting themselves and their co-workers. Current law permits workers to use leave in one-hour increments, the same rate at which they may accrue such leave. This bill would give employers the power to force workers to take more time than they need by allowing employers to require workers to take an entire shift.

Connecticut's law should be a model for the country, not something to be walked back, dragging the United States even further behind most of the rest of the world.

(Via ThinkProgress)

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Fri May 31, 2013 at 01:12 PM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and Daily Kos.

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  •  C'mon Connecticut! (6+ / 0-)

    Kill the bill!

    “The Republicans believe in the minimum wage — the more the minimum, the better.”-Harry S Truman

    by Generic Democrat on Sat Jun 01, 2013 at 04:01:46 PM PDT

  •  CT with DINO Malloy is a disaster. (2+ / 0-)
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    Rogneid, betelgeux

    Plato's " The Cave" taught me to question reality.

    by CTDemoFarmer on Sat Jun 01, 2013 at 04:14:25 PM PDT

  •  One big reason CT bloggers didn't support Lamont (3+ / 0-)
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    Eyesbright, Rogneid, betelgeux

    for the 2010 Gubernatorial campaign was because he didn't support paid sick leave.

    This would be a very dumb thing for these guys to do.

  •  From the Connecticut Mirror (5+ / 0-)

    Malloy goes after Lamont on paid sick days

    The Democratic race for governor heated up today over Ned Lamont's opposition to state legislation that would require businesses to offer paid sick days to employees.

    Dannel P. Malloy, the former Stamford mayor, criticized comments Lamont made in an interview with the Connecticut Mirror.

    In early polling, Lamont and Malloy are the leaders in a crowded field of potential candidates for the Democratic nomination.

    Guess who won?
  •  What Malloy said then (from the same article) (5+ / 0-)
    "There are certain basic rights that should be afforded to any working person in Connecticut, and paid sick leave is certainly among them," Malloy said. "It's wrong that we would penalize workers - salaried or on hourly wage - for being ill. A person should not have to worry about missing a rent check or a mortgage payment because they catch the flu."

    "Ned doesn't get it. Ned says he thinks ‘...we deal with sick leave just fine at the small-business level where I live.' But that's the problem: most people don't live in that world. Ned's statement shows just how disconnected he is from the concerns of the average working person in Connecticut," Malloy said in a statement.

  •  I thought Illinois was bad (5+ / 0-)

    There's never the votes for progressive ideals like marriage equality in the Illinois House when we need them, but there's always the votes to give Sears and CME Group special tax breaks, gerrymander congressional and state legislative districts, and enact irresponsible fracking legislation.

    Most of the Democrats in this country are milquetoast, and that's putting it lightly. I'm going to let my sig line explain my disgust for the current state of the Democratic Party.

    "It's not enough to be in the majority, you have to stand for something." -Russ Feingold

    by DownstateDemocrat on Sat Jun 01, 2013 at 04:38:15 PM PDT

  •  I see India on the map. (3+ / 0-)

    Apparently they have a huge amount of holidays, like one almost every week or more. So maybe they don't count.

  •  How bad is it going to get?? (8+ / 0-)

    The company for whom my daughter works pays her $12 an hour for mentally grueling work. She already had experience in her field so she only had to train for two weeks and then one week with a "mentor." She was paid for training. The trainers were paid god-knows-what. The ancillaries I'm sure had some costs (pen, paper, computer time, etc.)

    It's a non-union company, openly anti-Obama management, and they are willing to spend thousands of dollars training people and then tell them that if they miss two days of work for ANY reason, they are fired without notice. That's not in a month, or a year even. It's their entire carreer there! They are allowed  "paid sick leave" but are NOT allowed to use it! EVER!

    A Doctors note is meaningless. They are fired anyway. They only way to be able to use sick time is to go to work so sick that your SUPERVISOR (not an MD) makes the determination to send her home.

    I have seen this in my own workplace, but we get two sick-days in 90 days before we are given a letter of warning.

    And this style of pyrrhic management is spreading.

    "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

    by CanisMaximus on Sat Jun 01, 2013 at 04:58:49 PM PDT

  •  Honesty of the map (0+ / 0-)

    So, I think the thrust of the post is good - that we should be concerned about Connecticut's possible regression when it comes to employment policies.  But why does it have to be accompanied by a map that is - at best - quite misleading?  France might have the sort of paid sick leave policies that we'd like (even if it's not consistently applied).  But Pakistan?  GTFO.  It's not helpful to make arguments like this.

  •  we are talking about (0+ / 0-)

    required paid sick leave, right?  Cuz every job I've ever had had paid sick leave.

    "This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no foolin' around..."

    by cgvjelly on Sat Jun 01, 2013 at 05:14:20 PM PDT

  •  well.... at very least, we are keeping up (3+ / 0-)
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    Eyesbright, Navy Vet Terp, Faito

    with Chad.

    oy.

    every adult is responsible for every child

    by ridemybike on Sat Jun 01, 2013 at 05:19:38 PM PDT

  •  They need to cut to the Chase. (0+ / 0-)

    Pass a work until you die law.

    Great blue state there. Lieberman probably wrote the bill.

    An honest heart being the first blessing, a knowing head is the second..Jefferson's Letter to Peter Carr

    by JugOPunch on Sat Jun 01, 2013 at 05:59:56 PM PDT

  •  14th Amendment Equal Protection issues? (0+ / 0-)

    It seems some employers would be still be required to afford paid sick leave and some not for Lord knows what reason.  This strikes me as irrational discrimination.  Normally equal protection only comes into play when a suspect class is discriminated against - now limited to race, religion, national origin and gender.  Unfortunately, workers are not a suspect class.  But this law strikes me as so irrational it might not pass the 14th amendment's equal protection requirements.  Then again, until it reaches the Honorable Anthony "voting is a racial entitlement" Scalia and his clones.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Sat Jun 01, 2013 at 06:07:22 PM PDT

  •  From my Sate Rep (3+ / 0-)
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    nomandates, BeninSC, betelgeux

    I forwarded the post to my state representative with the question "what's up with this?" and her reply was:

    I wonder if we'll get to it in the House. It was intended to clarify the law. If the language changed it may be too controversial. Thanks for the heads up.
    •  We waited some time for your first comment, (0+ / 0-)

      driordan, but it was a good one. Thank you for contacting your state rep about this. Hopefully your rep will enlighten others as to the ramifications!

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      by BeninSC on Sat Jun 01, 2013 at 08:45:10 PM PDT

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  •  Countries like Ethiopia have sick leave? (0+ / 0-)

    What does that even mean there?

    "Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is." - George W Bush

    by jfern on Sat Jun 01, 2013 at 08:43:23 PM PDT

  •  I had no idea that most of the US didn't (1+ / 0-)
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    GulfExpat

    have paid sick leave.  I first learned this from my American relatives one of whom had heart surgery and was allowed time off without pay.  I subsequently learned more from articles like this and coverage of the NY City initiative.
    In Canada, while it may vary from province to province a minimum of 10 paid days per year is mandated by statute with some pro rating provisions in some service industries and part time positions.  In addition, there are various provisions for paid maternity leave.  Big employers,, particularly unionized employers offer 15 days per year.  In my job, I was able to bank unused sick leave.  In addition, we paid into a disability plan which picked up where sick leave left off.
    The irony of this is that I work in developing countries, all of which have paid sick leave in some format or other  It never occured to me that the US didn't have universal paid sick leave plans similar to Jamaica, Suriname, Egypt and Kazakhstan

  •  How does it work for, let's say, country or city (0+ / 0-)

    workers?  In the late 70s I worked for Hennepin County Welfare.  If I remember correctly, we got five sick days and four vacation days a month, which were "bankable."  There was a maximum accrueable number of vacation days, after which you had to take time of or lose the days,  but there was no limit on sick leave as I recall.  

    As some may know, I live in Oman.  According to the national Labor Law, all workers are granted 15 days' paid sick leave a year.  I'm not sure of all the details, having never breached that limit, but there's something about a month or two at 50% pay.  Anything more is unpaid; however, employers are not allowed to fire you.  I should add, too, that women get 90 days' maternity leave, and Omani nationals get a stipend for child care, too.  This is what civilized countries do.  

    -7.13 / -6.97 "The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." -- Edmund Burke

    by GulfExpat on Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 02:41:09 AM PDT

  •  Remember (0+ / 0-)

    The voters in Connecticut need to remember which state senators voted for this pullback of sick leave benefits. An reward them come election time.

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