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Pelosi pushes for federal paid sick leave law
The Daily Caller ^ | 3/27/2013 | Betsi Fores

Posted on 03/27/2013 12:18:09 PM PDT by markomalley

On the heels of the 20th anniversary of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for new legislation that would require employers to provide up to seven days of paid sick leave a year for workers.

The Family and Medical Leave Act, passed in 1993, allowed for 12 weeks of unpaid leave for workers to take time off for maternity, or care for a sick family member. The law applies to workers at companies larger than 50 people and who work more than 1,250 hours a year, though labor activists say those requirements leave out half the work force.

Pelosi wants a federal law to guarantee paid time off.

“It’s not just about women, it’s about families,” the former House speaker said Monday while in Boston. “Many men take advantage of the Family and Medical Leave Act.”

Pelosi has been advocating this proposal as lawmakers debate a higher minimum wage. “She said 40 million Americans have no paid sick days, forcing them to work while they are ill or forfeit income,” the Portland Press Herald reports.

Currently, lawmakers in Massachusetts are pushing for a state level bill that would allow workers to earn one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked.

Connecticut passed similar legislation that allows for workers at companies larger than 50 employees to earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked, though the response from the business community has been less than favorable.

A survey by the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) found that many businesses had to scale back other employee benefits or reduce paid leave in order to comply with the law. Some businesses cut back employee hours while others reduced wages.

Thirty-eight of the 156 businesses who responded said they would hire fewer people as a consequence of the law.

“Other actions included offering fewer raises, scaling back on overtime, raising prices, and increasing the cost of other benefits like health insurance,” EPI found.

Pelosi aruges that about 40 million workers nationwide have to go to work sick to receive pay.

But EPI’s survey concluded that 90 percent of the businesses in Connecticut do not find sickness a problem in the workplace.

Some small business owners complain that Pelosi’s proposal reflects an adversarial relationship between labor and management.

“Everybody’s happy,” one business owner said of his workers.”Some of my employees have been here 20, 25 years. If things were so terrible, I wouldn’t have that kind of longevity.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: paidsickleave; pelosisickleave
Just what we need. More expenses for employers.
1 posted on 03/27/2013 12:18:09 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Don’t like the idea, but it is unfortunate there are many workers out there who literally get zero sick or vacation time depending on the fields they work in....

But, not government’s job to fix it.


2 posted on 03/27/2013 12:20:21 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: markomalley

Obamacare should cover it! AT LEAST 4 weeks paid time off each year for ‘mental health’


3 posted on 03/27/2013 12:21:01 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: markomalley

yes, another wonderful idea that will cause even more unemployment than Obama and Pelosi have already given us


4 posted on 03/27/2013 12:22:14 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (()
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To: markomalley

This will be great for female employment numbers! Do I need a sarc tag?


5 posted on 03/27/2013 12:22:47 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: markomalley

I think I’ve figured out what the primary goal of a liberal politician is.

To get the private sector and/or the taxpayer to pay for something that they want to “give” to people they want to vote for them.

They don’t seem to do anything else.


6 posted on 03/27/2013 12:23:23 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Truth/Lies; Liberty/Tyranny--WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE??)
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To: markomalley; All

Just as with constitutionally indefensible Obamacare, Pelosi is again trying to interfere with 10th Amendment protected state powers.


7 posted on 03/27/2013 12:26:37 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: markomalley

One reason I went to school was to get a job which had better benefits.

Funny how that works.


8 posted on 03/27/2013 12:27:14 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: rwfromkansas
I get a total of 10 days sick and vacation combined. Its not much, but its what I agreed on. I don't need to government to help in any way.
9 posted on 03/27/2013 12:27:38 PM PDT by Nashvegas (What do you get if you offer a liberal a penny for their thoughts? Change)
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To: markomalley
My company combined sick+vacation time back in 1991. You earn a percentage of time worked. It is accrued each pay period. There is a 380 hour cap for accrual if you have less than 10 years service. After 10 years, the cap rises to 480 hours. Each December 21, any hours over the cap are paid out in the following January pay check.

I don't take much vacation, so my accruals go over the 480 cap fairly often. I try to get home for my wedding anniversary and Christmas. That blows off 80 hours. I ended up with a 40 hour payout last December.

10 posted on 03/27/2013 12:28:15 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: markomalley

Doesn’t Europe pretty much take off a whole month in the summer? We see how well that works, why stop at a week?


11 posted on 03/27/2013 12:29:02 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: markomalley
Which small business owner(s) have paid sick leave for themselves?

They won't be in business for long.

12 posted on 03/27/2013 12:29:51 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: markomalley

I have a question for Nancy: How many of your Pacific island based Star-Kist employees have paid sick leave?

Yeah, I thought so.


13 posted on 03/27/2013 12:31:28 PM PDT by Don W (There is no gun problem, there is a lack of humanity problem!)
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To: rwfromkansas

“but it is unfortunate there are many workers out there who literally get zero sick or vacation time depending on the fields they work in....”

You can buy insurance for anything. That would fix the entire issue. Every company I worked for even recommended a carrier and a set of policies and worked out group coverage. It wasn’t a law to do so, it is just good business. No government involved so far as I know.


14 posted on 03/27/2013 12:34:09 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: markomalley
Classic example of the Dem's Sliced Salami Approach. They got the UN-paid sick leave law passed, because they couldn't get it all passed (with the paid part it in).

Now, it's been a few years, so it's time to add the paid part in. If they can't get it passed through Congress, they go to their two prong approach: Start hitting the state legislatures where they have the best chances of pushing it through, and also start going through the courts, looking for a sympathetic judge who will, at a minimum, force it to be considered.

After they get a few states to pass it, they'll use them as examples as to how it should be national (not fair for the people of one state to have paid sick leave and neighbor states not!!).

It's how politics work. Repubs should try it.

15 posted on 03/27/2013 12:34:34 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: markomalley

Because the jobs recovery isn’t slow enough already.


16 posted on 03/27/2013 12:34:38 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Due Process 2013: "Burn the M*****-F***er Down!")
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To: nascarnation

American workers could get a lot more time off too if they were not subsidizing Europe’s security.


17 posted on 03/27/2013 12:35:26 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: rwfromkansas
There will always be some workers who get no benefits because their employer is struggling.

If a worker wants benefits he/she must work toward getting a job which offers them, not expect a struggling business-owner to hand them out.

18 posted on 03/27/2013 12:40:02 PM PDT by Justice
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To: markomalley

City of Portland, OREGON has done this already...last month


19 posted on 03/27/2013 12:42:21 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Nashvegas; rwfromkansas

Vacation is WAY over rated IMHO anyhoo...


20 posted on 03/27/2013 12:43:55 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: markomalley

Once again Nance drank too much coffee, got tweaked and crammed her head up her fundament.


21 posted on 03/27/2013 12:44:21 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: jeffc

Republicans should just disband, let the Dems completely crash the system, then snatch control when they rebuild the nation and cut them out. It’s the only way you will teach the mass of idiots out there.


22 posted on 03/27/2013 12:53:25 PM PDT by Clock King
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To: rwfromkansas

not enough folks joining private unions so Stretch and the Gang have to mandate more regulations from the Temple of Smart in the Distric of Corruption.


23 posted on 03/27/2013 12:53:34 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Clock King
Republicans should just disband

If FR is representative, that's pretty much happening at the national level. I doubt we'll see a Republican POTUS in my lifetime.

24 posted on 03/27/2013 12:55:50 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Justice

True. I am grateful I went to college and have a job with good benefits. I am extremely grateful after I found out I had cancer over Christmas (just finished treatment and am cured thank God...one of the few cancers you can say that with since it was early and extremely chemo-sensitive)...but anyway, I was so grateful I had enough time to take off for chemo and my wife had plenty of PTO as well so she could spend time with me at the cancer center.

All because we are in fields which have some benefits. People need to work toward it if they want it.

Government can’t step in and provide it.....that will kill any chance of a jobs recovery.


25 posted on 03/27/2013 12:57:58 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: rwfromkansas

Congratulations on your successful treatment. That’s wonderful. I’m glad you had the benefits to cover it.


26 posted on 03/27/2013 1:14:01 PM PDT by Justice
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To: goodnesswins
City of Portland, OREGON has done this already...last month

Yes, Seattle too. And then small retailers (5 or more employees) threatened to close or reduce employees because they could not afford the extra expense.

The legislature took this up but could not resolve anything this session (not unusual except for raising taxes)

27 posted on 03/27/2013 1:16:11 PM PDT by llevrok (Keep your arms out. It makes it harder for them to throw a net over you.)
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To: markomalley

I can see employers complying with this by reducing paid vacation time and/or paid holidays enough to make up for the mandatory paid sick time. This is not something the government should be dictating. At smaller businesses and/or those with mostly part-time employees, this could become very expensive to the employer. And you would have people taking their entire seven days or hourly equivalents, whether they are sick or not, which will just raise the cost of everything to the consumer, reducing sales, etc.


28 posted on 03/27/2013 1:24:10 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: faithhopecharity
The San Fran Douchebag will help these workers by putting them in the unemployment line. She already forced thousands into part time status with obamacare’s 30 hour mandate. Nancy must be trying to turn the entire country into the hookers, heroin addicts and bums who make up her voting districts. No thanks, you stale old whore.
29 posted on 03/27/2013 1:24:53 PM PDT by peeps36 (America is being destroyed by filthy traitors in the political establishment)
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To: markomalley
The Family and Medical Leave Act, passed in 1993, allowed for 12 weeks of unpaid leave for workers to take time off for maternity, or care for a sick family member.

FMLA did nothing but open an avenue for abuse by the demographics who think they are "owed". Yes, there are some who use FMLA as it's meant, but most waste it away and put additional hardship on employers.

30 posted on 03/27/2013 1:35:44 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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To: NEMDF
I can see employers complying with this by reducing paid vacation time and/or paid holidays enough to make up for the mandatory paid sick time.

Easily. In fact, guaranteed. PTO will be split up (as it used to be) into sick leave and annual leave.

That will both reduce company liability (sick leave is not normally payable upon termination) and reduce effective benefits for most full time employees.

Thanks, Nancy. Thanks a lot.

31 posted on 03/27/2013 2:45:56 PM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: rwfromkansas

They could always work in another field.


32 posted on 03/27/2013 2:52:40 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Don W

From what I remember, she tried to exempt those island tuna workers from some law, probsbly min wage, and when that didn’t work they ended up having to lay off a bunch of workers. The unions love her in CA, and I used to point out to them that the workers in her vinyards weren’t union, but they didn’t care because it was her.


33 posted on 03/27/2013 2:56:53 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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