Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Bill

(HawaiiNewsNow) - A mandatory sick leave bill is back on the table. Howard talks with Jim Tollefson, Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii President and CEO about what this will mean for Hawaii residents.

There is a hearing today, March 28, 2012 at 10:30am in room 016 of the State Capitol. The public is encouraged to submit testimony and testify at the hearing.

Some of the requirements of the measure include:

1) Requires businesses of all sizes to provide employees (ie. FT, PT, temps) to provide a minimum amount of paid and safe leave to employees to be used to care for themselves or a family member who is ill or a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

2) Small employers with less than 100 employees who do not provide paid time off will need to give up to an unspecified number of days off.

3) For employers who already provide the benefit, it adds another layer of adminstrative burden.

4) Prohibits employers from requiring reasonable documentation unless the "sick and safe leave" exceeds three days of absence.

5) Penalizes employers for asking to verify whether someone is sick by requiring the employer to pay for the doctor's note.

6) Paid sick leave accrues at the commencement of employment.

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