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    Connecticut to Pass Paid Sick Leave Law

    Connecticut Poised To Be First State To Mandate Sick Pay : NPR

    Businesses lobbied hard against the legislation, and it was scaled back. It won't apply to manufacturing, temporary workers or independent contractors. Still, lawmakers like state Rep. John Rigby (R) say it will burden restaurants and other businesses that are already struggling in a tough economy.

    "They're going to have to shed jobs," Rigby says. "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."
    Those same dire predictions have been made before, when San Francisco and Washington, D.C., mandated paid sick days a few years back. But Ellen Bravo of the nonprofit Family Values at Work says it didn't happen.

    "Not at all," she says. "In San Francisco, where they've now had it four years, studies have shown not just that it hasn't hurt productivity or profitability, but two-thirds of employers now support the law."

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    Re: Connecticut to Pass Paid Sick Leave Law

    Small businesses are going to go tits up left and right, in Connecticut, on account of this.

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    Re: Connecticut to Pass Paid Sick Leave Law

    The article wasn't very specific, but I assume that the sick leave would work like that earned by other employees? I.E. you can only use what you have, then you take leave w/no pay, and the days are earned over a specific period of time (most of my employers have done 1/2 day per month)?
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    Re: Connecticut to Pass Paid Sick Leave Law

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    The article wasn't very specific, but I assume that the sick leave would work like that earned by other employees? I.E. you can only use what you have, then you take leave w/no pay, and the days are earned over a specific period of time (most of my employers have done 1/2 day per month)?
    I have a small business and between taxes, fees and a slow economy, I can't afford to pay a man for a day that he doesn't work.

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    Re: Connecticut to Pass Paid Sick Leave Law

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    I have a small business and between taxes, fees and a slow economy, I can't afford to pay a man for a day that he doesn't work.
    I didn't say I supported or opposed anything, so you really don't have to prepare an argument. I'm trying to understand the law a bit better.
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    Re: Connecticut to Pass Paid Sick Leave Law

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    The article wasn't very specific, but I assume that the sick leave would work like that earned by other employees? I.E. you can only use what you have, then you take leave w/no pay, and the days are earned over a specific period of time (most of my employers have done 1/2 day per month)?
    You are correct that is how it works. I had to look up another article but it does indeed serve that function.

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    Re: Connecticut to Pass Paid Sick Leave Law

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    I have a small business and between taxes, fees and a slow economy, I can't afford to pay a man for a day that he doesn't work.
    Don't worry, I am sure the business lobby has worked some tax break or subsidy in there for the companies to balance the cost. And as mentioned in the article, people said that businesses would go belly-up in other states where such laws were enacted and no such thing occurred.

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    Re: Connecticut to Pass Paid Sick Leave Law

    Quote Originally Posted by tlmorg02 View Post
    Don't worry, I am sure the business lobby has worked some tax break or subsidy in there for the companies to balance the cost. And as mentioned in the article, people said that businesses would go belly-up in other states where such laws were enacted and no such thing occurred.
    Besides the one that already exists that allows businesses to write off payroll, you mean?

    I know I can't afford it. I'm glad no such law applies to me.

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    Re: Connecticut to Pass Paid Sick Leave Law

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Small businesses are going to go tits up left and right, in Connecticut, on account of this.
    Again, giving that it's been passed in other places and your gloom and doom predictions didn't come true, then I'd say you're being a little hysterical.

    Further, keeping sick people out of work without destroying their livelihoods can actually improve productivity. If you don't give someone sick time and they show up to work because they can't afford to take unpaid time off and they spread their sickness to three other workers, you're in a LOT worse shape than you were if you just paid the guy to stay home a couple of days and recover.

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    Re: Connecticut to Pass Paid Sick Leave Law

    Quote Originally Posted by FilmFestGuy View Post
    Again, giving that it's been passed in other places and your gloom and doom predictions didn't come true, then I'd say you're being a little hysterical.

    Further, keeping sick people out of work without destroying their livelihoods can actually improve productivity. If you don't give someone sick time and they show up to work because they can't afford to take unpaid time off and they spread their sickness to three other workers, you're in a LOT worse shape than you were if you just paid the guy to stay home a couple of days and recover.
    Show us how the law is applied in other states.

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