Sick leave; certain private employers to provide employees with paid benefits. (HB7)

Introduced By

Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church) with support from co-patrons Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), and Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Paid sick leave. Requires private employers with 25 or more full-time employee equivalents to provide those employees working at least 18 hours per week with paid sick leave benefits. A covered employee would earn one hour of paid sick leave benefit for every 50 hours he works for an employer during 2017 or the first year of the employer's businesses operations if employment commences after January 1, 2018. Thereafter, such employees would accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours of work. An employer could offer an employee seeking to take paid sick leave the opportunity to work additional hours or to switch shifts with another employee as an alternative to using accrued paid sick leave. An employee may not unreasonably refuse the offer of additional hours in lieu of taking the paid sick leave. An employer may elect to provide benefits more generous than those required by this measure. An employer that knowingly fails to provide such paid sick leave to its employees is subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $1,000 per violation. The Commissioner of Labor and Industry may institute proceedings on behalf of an employee to enforce compliance with this measure and to collect the value of any paid sick leave unlawfully withheld from such employee, which shall be awarded to the employee. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
11/16/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100195D
11/16/2015Committee
11/16/2015Committee
11/16/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100195D
11/16/2015Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/18/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB7)
01/19/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee #1
01/19/2016Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #1
01/26/2016Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/2016Left in Commerce and Labor

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.

Transcript

This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.

SUPPORTS MEN AND WOMEN WHO RISK THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT US FROM CRIMINALS IN OUR SOCIETY. THIS BILL IS A SMALL STEP PROTECTION FOR OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. THERE ARE FEW JOBS IN THE COMMON WEALTH WHERE YOU HAVE TO GO HANDS ON TO PEOPLE THAT MAY NOT WANT TO GO WHERE THEY NEED TO GO. AND THAT IS USUALLY JAIL. WE HAVE SEEN HAPPEN IS THEY'D HAVE TO MAKE AN ARREST ON SOMEONE THAT DOESN'T WANT TO BE ARRESTED. THE PERSON SAID DON'T TOUCH ME, I'M NOT GOING TO JAIL. WHAT HAPPENED IS THAT SOME OF THE PEOPLE, ONCE GETTING OUT OF JAIL WOULD TURN AROUND, WALK BACK, AND ASK FOR A WARRANT FOR ASSAULT AND BATTERY. AND WHAT DOES THIS CODE SAY? UNWANTED TOUCHING. YES. THE PERSON DID NOT WANT TO BE TOUCHED. WHAT HAPPENED IS UNFORTUNATELY, SOME MAGISTRATES SAID YES. YES. THERE IS A CAUSE MERE FOR ASSAULT AND BATTERY. I'M GOING TO ISSUE THIS WARRANT ON A POLICE OFFICER WHO DID HIS JOB BY ARRESTING. THOSE CASES WERE ALL VERY QUICKLY THROWN OUT IN COURT AND L PROBLEM IS THAT WITH THAT

Comments

Bill the thrill writes:

Let them head to Maryland

Labor Laura writes:

This is public health common-sense legislation. No one wants to pick-up produce or products stocked by a person with the flu or a cold or other transmittable, contagious disease. It's time that the U.S. join other Western developed nations and provide sick-days for workers. If a company like Target can afford to pay its CEO $20 million, it can afford to offer paid sick days to it's employees.
It's time that employees get their fair share again. We stopped doing that 30 years ago, and started giving that share to executives and shareholders, who in turn repealed financial system regulation. Our economy has suffered and today we just can't get out of the slump we've entered with the last dip.
The only way out of this is to pay people who create the wealth, who do the work, much more. If we want to see a big result from economic stimulus, just raise the minimum wage to one half the state median incone today, and set incentives for localities to set their own, higher minimum based on their local median wage.
For instance, in Northern Virginia, where the median wage is highest in the state, $66,121, the just minimum would be one-half that. Divide $66,121 by (40 x 52) which is $31.80 per hour, divide that in half, the NoVA regional minimum would be $15.90. The floor of Virginia's minimum should be the statewide median income, which is $50,345 divided by half, which equals $12.10 per hour. (Source:
http://vaperforms.virginia.gov/indicators/economy/personalIncome.php)
Paid sick days are just another part of paying hourly wage workers their fair share. The bonus is the increased public heath in reduced contagious disease spreading. I hope the entire NoVA delegation gets behind this bill.

Bill P writes:

move to MD or DC and put your feet up. Virginia is for workers.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

Workers who never, ever get sick before handling our food. Mystically.