Denver ballot proposal would mandate sick leave

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Denver voters could be asked whether to require businesses to give paid sick leave to all employees.

Backers of a ballot proposal to do that say they’ve got enough signatures to get it on Denver’s ballot in November. They plan to turn in the nearly 4,000 petition signatures on Tuesday afternoon.

The proposal would apply to businesses of all sizes. Companies with fewer than 10 employees would have to offer five days of sick leave but larger employers would have to provide nine days. Similar proposals have failed to pass at the state Legislature.

4 Responses to Denver ballot proposal would mandate sick leave

  1. Why don’t we reword this to, “do you want to work without sick leave, or take sick leave and have no job”? Small companies do not offer sick leave of vacation out of greed but the desire to stay open. So, in a 2 -3 person small business, somebody knowing they have 5 days will definitely figure they deserve all 5 days off, sick or not. And, I am not, for a second, going to believe that these people will only take the days they need. Losing 30-50% of the workforce can harm irrevocably a lot of small businesses that are living hand to mouth thanks to the mess that our politiicians have made of Our economy.

    So, it boils down to work year around & lose a day or two of pay when you are truly sick, or get paid for 5 days, whether you need it or not, and have no job.

    We can guess where the Denver city trolls will vote. Reminds me of the 17th century guy that said democracy is great until the trolls realize they can vote to give themselves all of the government’s treasure.

    Jocko
    July 5, 2011 at 11:35 am

  2. This is one of those burdensome mandates that will kill some small companies, if passed. It’s the sort of idea that sounds really good, unless of course, you own a small business. Jocko has it right. Let’s not force small businesses to do this.

    Remember, paid sick leave is an employment benefit. Small businesses, when fiscally capable, will offer such benefits as paid time off for sickness or vacations and perhaps even health insurance. Let them do so as a matter of good business, not government (or voter) intervention.

    Ellen
    July 5, 2011 at 1:37 pm

  3. Wouldn’t it be great to gather up enough business votes and vote that minimum wage laws be eliminated, unemployment insurance, workman’s comp premiums and the entire social security premium be paid by the net beneficiaries (employees), that employer mandated productivity rates be legislated. Additionally, wouldn’t our lives be great if there were police enforcement, prosecution and judicial and financial redress for employers against employees who steal, purposely damage equipment and fraudulently claim injuries. When the number of individuals benefiting financially from someone else exceeds the number of individuals paying for that benefit the ease with which this legislative thievery passes is directly proportional to the numerical disparity between those who pay and those who get something for nothing.

    Pete
    July 5, 2011 at 5:05 pm

  4. This is an answer to a question that no one is asking. When you interview for a job it is wise to find out how many sick and vacation days you’ll be eligible for. If a company is below the norm in either it’ll have trouble attracting employees. In other words the market decides.

    This will push companies out of the City and County limits, wait and see!

    Steve
    July 5, 2011 at 7:08 pm