After Connecticut passed a law requiring employers to provide workers with paid sick leave, many firms are wondering: “Will our state do the same?”
The mandatory paid sick leave legislation, signed into law by Gov. Dan Malloy (D), makes Conn. the first state in the country to require employers to provide workers with paid sick leave for service workers.
The law requires any company in the service industry with 50 or more employees to allow employees to accrue one hour of sick time for every 40 hours in which they work.
Supporters of the law say it will help an estimated 200,000 to 300,000 Connecticut employees.
Opponents, however, believe it will ultimately end up making the state less competitive.
Similar legislation for mandatory paid sick leave has been proposed in 20 different cities and states already, including Denver, Seattle, New York City, Massachusetts and Georgia.
The only cities that currently require paid sick leave are San Francisco and Washington, D.C.