Support Healthy Workplaces and Healthy Families by Providing Earned Paid Sick Leave to Certain Employees
|Category:||Wage and Labor|
|Sponsor:||Senator Rebecca Millett, Senate 29 - Cumberland County|
|Bill #:||LD 369|
Update 5/31/19: The governor has signed the bill into law. It takes effect 1/1/21. Link to law language.
Update 5/13/19: The bill has been working its way through the House and Senate. We expect it to pass and make its way to Governor Mills's desk soon.
Updated 3/30/19: The Democrats unveiled a new proposed bill on Wednesday. This amended bill changes a few things:
- Specifies that the law would apply to employers of 5+ for more than 15 weeks a year (in an attempt to address concerns of seasonal employees.
- The definition of family member was narrowed.
- The accrual rate changed from 1 hour for every 30 hours worked to 1 hour for every 40 hours worked.
- The original proposal would allow someone to take the leave 90 days after employment. This new proposal is 120 days.
- Added some language regarding employees who abuse the leave provision.
- DOL shall provide forms for compliance.
- Rebuttable presumption is narrowed, but not eliminated.
- Private right of action is narrowed, but not eliminated.
The Republicans are sticking with their proposal and we should see that language sometime this week.
Update 3/23/19: The committee has two Ought to Pass as Amended Reports. The Democratic bill would apply to employers of 5 or more and is more expansive in the provisions. The Republican bill would apply to 15 or more, would preempt other local ordinances (like Portland), would cap the leave at 40 hours per year for a full time individual and would prevent the use of earned time until 150 day's tenure.
This bill creates a right to earned paid sick leave for employees who are employed by an employer that employs more than 5 employees. The bill also creates a right to earned unpaid sick leave for employees of an employer that employs 5 or fewer employees. This bill takes effect January 1, 2021.
When this sponsor last submitted this bill, it would have applied to businesses of 50 or more employees for comparison.