Paid sick leave bill passes labor committee

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, April 15, 2011

This week the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee approved AB 400 (Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco). The bill requires California employers to provide at least seven paid sick days for employees who work in California for seven or more days in a calendar year. Employers with less than ten employees must provide seven; while larger employers must provide nine.

Proponents of the measure claim it will create a more productive and healthier work environment.  Opponents, including CMTA, argue the bill “unreasonably expands both public and private employers’ costs and liability for new protections and paid sick leave for employees.

This is the third attempt by Ma to pass such a measure – she introduced similar legislation in 2008 and 2009.  This bill will now go to the Assembly Judiciary Committee for consideration

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