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.
*UPDATE* The Albuquerque city council has not added the proposed sick leave mandates to it’s agenda for the meeting to be held on August 3rd. Without being on the agenda the Council members cannot vote on proposed legislation. So for the time being it appears that the issue will be delayed until further notice.
As of August 21 the Albuquerque City Council has created a task force to further explore the issue and provide recommendations. The task force, sponsored by Councilwoman Diane Gibson, will be comprised of three employee advocates or employee associations, and three business advocates and/or trade associations. The purpose of the task force is to explore options on minimum sick leave requirements for businesses, options for exemptions, and additional recommendations for City Council members. NMBC will continue to monitor the issue, Council meetings, and task force findings to bring you updates. To read the task force resolution click HERE.
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.
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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