Dems to host meeting on paid sick-leave bill Feb. 22

Jan 31, 2019

Rockland — The Knox County Democratic Committee will host a town hall meeting Feb. 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Watts Hall, 174 Main St., Thomaston. The meeting will provide information on a bill before the state Legislature that would require employers with more than five employees to offer earned paid sick leave.

Under the bill, proposed by Democratic Sen. Rebecca Millett of South Portland, employers with five or fewer employees would also be required to offer earned unpaid sick leave. The measure would take effect Jan. 1, 2021. All are welcome to the forum.

The bill, LD 369, will come up for a hearing before the Labor and Housing Committee in Room 302 of the Cross Building at the State Capitol Feb. 13 at 11 a.m.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Barry Douglas Morse | Feb 03, 2019 09:41

Here is a link to details of the bill:

There appears to be a logic error in the bill's wording. The employee a earns up to 40 hours a year and may carry forward at least 40 hours a year. That could be 80 hours.  But the employee may only use a maximum of 40 hours  in a year.  What happens with the carryover time?

Another logic error: Other states cap the number of paid sick leave hours that may be accrued in a year at 40.  This bill does not. So an employee who is required to report hours worked and who works overtime may earn more than 40 hours, but may only use 40 in the year. The employee may carry over the additional hours if allowed by the employer but may not use them.

By the way: the only employees who ccurrently do not earn paid sick time are the ones who need it most.

Posted by: Lawrence Edward Galkowski | Feb 01, 2019 05:57

Paid sick leave will destroy small business. Any body notice that history has proven you can not take from one and give to another for very long? The socialist agenda will ruin this country.

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