HARTFORD — Rep. John Rigby today led a pitched battle for House Republicans over a groundbreaking against a groundbreaking bill to force employers to offer mandatory paid sick leave, a first-in-the-nation effort that will stunt job growth and cost businesses millions. Rigby, ranking member of the legislature’s Labor Committee, kicked off debate that lasted roughly 12 hours.
Businesses have complained bitterly about the mandatory sick leave policy and owners said they would take steps, such as downsizing or making employees part-time, to try and avoid the regulations. Rigby said the legislation is arbitrary and provides no incentives for companies to expand. The law would apply to companies having 50 or more workers.
This bill would levy $500 fines per incident if workers are deprived of a sick day and paves the way for nuisance lawsuits adding more costs to employers to defend.
Republicans said that this legislation is just another gift to organized unions who have hijacked the political agenda in Hartford aided by a very willing Democratic majority and the governor’s office.
More than 100 amendments were filed on the bill.