Albuquerque City Councillors are at it again, quietly proposing business mandates we already voted down.
The City Councillors in Albuquerque are trying again to pass a new version of the previously defeated paid time off mandates for businesses. And the vote to decide on it’s implementation will take place on Monday August 3rd. At the last City Council meeting on June 29th, the Albuquerque City council voted down the highly controversial “Public Health Emergency Premium Pay” bill. The bill was killed in a 7-2 vote with the only yes votes being from Councilors Benton and Sena who introduced the measure. Thankfully the other members of the CABQ Council recognized that such a mandate would hurt businesses, cost countless jobs, and scare off potential new businesses in the city.
But the fight isn’t over – City Councilors withdrew the other paid time off provisions and will be voting on them August 3rd. Here’s a look at what to expect:
- Public emergency sick leave – 80 hours (available immediately) of sick paid time off for full time employees. For part-time workers, hours of paid sick leave equal to the number of hours that worker performs on a two week average.
- Regular earned paid sick leave – One hour of mandatory paid sick leave for each 30 hours worked up to 56 hours a year, and able to be carried over year after year. (A similar version of this bill was clearly voted down before by Albuquerque residents)
Beyond that, any aggrieved employee may bring civil suit against an employer or business if they feel they are not receiving the full extent of these benefits. Whether the business is financially able to provide it or not.
NMBC’s position is that blanket mandates like these proposals are unnecessary and a growing burden on small business owners who are trying to maintain or grow their operations. Wages and benefits should be negotiated between the employer and employee with respect to the unique situations and constraints for every business. Government attempts to micromanage this process lead to serious problems and reduce the opportunities for growth and employment for businesses and employees alike.
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Businesses are already struggling, and CABQ Councilors should know better than to pass mandates harming our businesses and killing job opportunities!
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