Legislature to consider mandatory sick leave
(From BDN, 10/21/09)
On Tuesday, Senate President Elizabeth Mitchell, D-Vassalboro, announced legislation aimed at making it easier for Maine workers to comply with the “stay home” recommendation, not only for the H1N1 swine flu but for other illnesses and domestic violence situations as well. In a proposal she will introduce before the Labor Committee in the legislative session that begins in January, Mitchell will argue that all large and small-business employers in Maine should be required to pay their workers, full- or part-time, for a “safety net” of earned sick time.
Asked to comment, business leaders said Tuesday that they appreciate the intent behind the proposal, but that most Maine businesses either already pay sick time or cannot afford to, especially during the current hard economic times.
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