Sick Leave Laws Are Sweeping the Nation — Giving Ulcers to Employers Everywhere

December 4, 2015Articles Bloomberg BNA

Reproduced with permission from Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal, Vol. 43, No. 12, p. 267, 12/04/2015. Copyright Ý 2015 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033)

Few employment laws have taken off in multiple jurisdictions like sick leave laws have in recent years. The appeal of such laws to family rights organizations and employees is obvious. The appeal of these laws, however, has been somewhat lost on most business groups and they have opposed the laws on several grounds, including that it will make them less competitive by adding to their overhead costs, and also by adding to administrative headaches because of the requirement to track sick leave. These concerns largely have fallen on deaf ears of lawmakers and activists. Are these concerns valid? In order to answer these questions, it is helpful to examine the current legal landscape.

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