Paid sick leave proposal can only hurt Albuquerque

Guest Column – Albuquerque Journal.
By Jason Espinoza And Lynne Andersen.
Sunday, July 10th, 2016 at 12:02am.

A new ballot petition for a proposed paid sick leave ordinance will change the way most businesses in Albuquerque pay their employees. The ordinance is poorly written with inflexible mandates, and significant compliance costs for taxpayers and businesses.

Mandating a one-size-fits-all system of paid sick leave will force businesses, no matter the industry, to change their leave policy to comply with the mandate language. Even businesses that have a generous paid-time-off (PTO) policy will likely have to go back to sick pay in lieu of PTO unless their PTO plan is in compliance with the stringent standards imposed by the proposed ordinance.

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