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Paid Sick Leave Mandates could be Next Legislative Target

Leaders from Yum! Brands, along with a state restaurant association executive are part of a panel which discussed paid sick leave mandates at the American Legislative Exchange Council's annual meeting, Aug. 3-6 in New Orleans. ALEC is a leading group for conservative state lawmakers and staff members. The organization is influential in approving and spreading "model legislation" across states. A new ALEC subcommittee is discussing the emerging issue of paid sick leave mandates. On the agenda for discussion is the Wisconsin paid-sick-leave preemption bill. The Wisconsin bill, enacted this spring with strong support from the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, prevents localities from enacting paid sick leave mandates.

The city of Denver has certified that activists gathered enough valid signatures to put a paid-sick-leave mandate on the city's November ballot. If passed by voters Nov. 1, the measure would require Denver employers or 10 or more to give up to 9 days a year of paid sick leave to full-time employees. Businesses with fewer than 10 workers would need to provide up to 5 days of sick leave. Part-timers would be eligible for pro-rated benefits. Get more details at the Colorado Restaurant Association website:

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