I read on the Connecticut Employment Law Blog that your state legislature
passed its controversial paid sick leave bill. Your Governor
supports the measure and is expected to sign it. Beginning January 1, 2012, the
law will mandate that many of your state's employers with 50 or more employees
provide 40 hours per year of paid sick leave to most full-time employees.
A few years ago, we Ohioans expected to vote on a similar measure via a statewide referendum. Our
then-Governor (a Democrat) recognized the detriment such a measure would pose
to our state's ability to attract and retain the businesses we so sorely need.
He struck a deal with the sponsoring labor unions pulling the
Health Families Act from the ballot. Our state's economy still isn't great, but
it's better than it would have been if the Act had passed three years ago.
Connecticut Republican Representative John Rigby shares
the same concerns about your state's ability to attract and retain businesses (as quoted on NPR.org), "They're going to have to shed
jobs.... They're going to have to let people go. They're going to have to make a
decision about whether to open the next brew pub in Connecticut or in
Massachusetts or Rhode Island-states that are considered more business-friendly
than our state." Adds Kia Murrell, assistant counsel for the Connecticut
Business & Industry Assoc. (as
quoted on MSNBC.com), "Today is the worst possible time to add one more
thing.... It's one more nail in the proverbial coffin."
Connecticut, when your businesses are ready to flee to
avoid this stifling mandate, we are happy to take them and the jobs they bring
Ohio, your (not quite) neighbor to the West
P.S.: Please help support a fellow labor & employment
blogger, Daniel Schwartz, and click over to his Connecticut
Employment Law Blog, which he re-launched yesterday with a brand new look
and some cool new features.
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