A bit of good news today as it was announced this morning that the SEIU has asked that the Proposal 4 that would impose a competitiveness-killing paid sick leave mandate on employers, be removed from ballots in November. The proposal sought to require seven days of paid sick leave each year for employees who work at least 30 hours a week, and a pro-rated number of days for employees working fewer than 30 hours. The devil was in the details though, as in the “fine print,” the proposal would have also allowed employees to take that leave with little or no advance notice in increments as small as an hour or less.
Ohio Gov. Strickland had recently come out strongly opposed to the measure which he deemed: “unworkable, unwieldy and would be detrimental to Ohio’s economy”. One may assume that a similar proposal in the U.S. Senate sponsored by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) would be have the same detrimental economic impact…however on much larger national scale.
UPDATE (10 a.m. Friday): Here’s the news release from the Ohio Manufacturers Association.
The NAM issued a release, as well: “REMOVAL OF PAID LEAVE BALLOT INITIATIVE IS GOOD FOR OHIO JOBS GROWTH AND ECONOMY, SAYS NAM.” Excerpt:
“We are relieved that Ohio businesses will not have to face this issue in November,” [NAM President John] Engler said. “Rising energy, health care and other costs in a slowing economy have taken a toll on manufacturers in Ohio and across the nation. Gov. Strickland (D-OH) and Sen. Brown (D-OH) clearly recognized that the added burden of this misguided proposal couldn’t have come at a worse time. These types of restrictive mandates limit employers’ flexibility to provide the best fit of benefits for their employees,” he noted.