Paid Sick Leave Legislation to be Introduced In Final Weeks of 2020 Session

Lawmakers are planning on introducing a bill in the remaining weeks of legislative session that will mandate all employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees.

The current draft bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg and Sen. Jeff Bridges, includes the following details:

  • Extension of the Governor’s Executive Order on paid sick leave through December 31, 2020 and creation of new sick leave mandate beginning January 1, 2021;
  • Allows for leave to roll-over, but an employee cannot accumulate more than maximum leave allowed;
  • The leave is not required to be paid out to an employee if that employee separates from the job;
  • Accrual of leave is one hour for every 30 hours worked;
  • The draft bill includes an ability to take sick leave to attend to family members or those with a family relationship;
  • Employers that offer the same or more generous sick leave policy would be exempted;
  • Sponsors are willing to accommodate small employers by reducing the number of paid sick leave days required to be offered.

Click here to view the full draft of the proposed bill.

For questions for feedback on this proposed bill, please contact Senior Vice President of State and Federal Relations Loren Furman at [email protected].