We've all been there at some point, sitting in a restaurant ordering dinner when the waiter
Why is he at work? Especially at a job that brings him close to other people? Maybe it is because he can't afford to miss the shift, something that a recently introduced Assembly bill could help remedy.
AB 1522, introduced by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), would require companies to provide a minimum of three days annual paid sick leave for any employee not covered by a collective bargaining agreement (which usually includes sick leave guarantees). The employee must work at least seven days in a calendar year; the leave would accrue at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked; the worker couldn't claim the paid leave until 90 calendar days after the hire date.
This strikes us as an eminently reasonable way to address a significant problem confronting primarily low-wage, part-time private sector workers who often have to choose between their health and losing a day's pay. Gonzalez's bill also would let workers use the sick days to care for an ailing family member — a crucial benefit for single mothers — and for issues related to domestic abuse or sexual assault.
Similar proposals have been made in Sacramento in the past; former Assemblywoman
Maybe. But the cost to business would be minimal. Such a small, incremental benefit wouldn't dramatically alter a business' staffing needs or costs.
San Francisco already has a paid-leave law, as does the state of Connecticut.