BILL SUMMARY for HB09-1210
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON BUSINESS AFFAIRS AND LABOR
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|Moved to postpone House Bill 09-1210 indefinitely.||PASS|
09:51 AM -- House Bill 09-1210
Representative McGihon, prime sponsor, presented House Bill 09-1210 concerning the requirement that private employers provide paid sick leave to employees. This bill creates the Health Families and Workplaces Act which requires private employers in Colorado with more than 5 employees to provide paid sick leave to their employees. The bill requires:
- employers with 6 to 15 employees to provide 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 60 hours worked by an employee up to 40 hours a year; and
- employers with more than 15 employees to provide 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked by an employee up to 72 hours a year.
Employees can carry sick leave forward to use in years after it was accrued. Paid sick leave can be used for the employee's own health issues, health issues of an employee's family member, and for absences related to an employee or employee family member being a victim of abuse.
The Division of Labor in the Department of Labor and Employment is required to adopt rules, create notices with information about the bill, monitor compliance and investigate complaints.
Representative McGihon discussed the benefits of employees having paid sick leave. She talked about the most common industries that do not provide paid sick leave, including day care workers and service workers. Representative McGihon gave the example of a Chipolte employee who went to work sick with the noro virus and infected 500 people because he did not have paid sick days. She also talked about the benefits of parents being allowed to stay home with their sick children. Representative McGihon gave some examples of people who do not receive paid sick days and the problems they have faced. She listed some places that have implemented similar laws, including San Francisco, Washington D.C., and Milwaukee. Representative McGihon talked about the fiscal note and stated that now is not the time for this bill and asked the committee to postpone the bill indefinitely. She advised the committee she would continue working on the issue.
Representative Stephens said she would be interested in additional information on this issue and the states that have held back from passing similar legislation due to fiscal concerns. Representative McGihon stated that she had given the committee a notebook that provided extensive research on the issue. Representative Stephens acknowledged receiving the materials, but said she would like more information.
|TIME: || 10:10:25 AM|
|MOTION:||Moved to postpone House Bill 09-1210 indefinitely. The motion passed 11-0.|
Final YES: 11 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS