As part of the national “working families” agenda promoted by a progressive coalition, many state governments and the Obama administration have recently passed or are considering labor policies that will have a major impact on businesses in the attractions industry. Among these policies are paid sick leave proposals.
There is variation among policies, but they usually require employers to allow employees to accrue one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, regardless of full-time or part-time status. Generally, proposals allow an employer to ask for a doctor’s note after an absence of three days or longer. While most sick leave begins accruing immediately, or very shortly after hire, some proposals have a waiting period of 60 or 90 days before an employee can use his or her leave. Sick leave could be used to recover from illness, access preventive care, provide care to a sick family member, or attend school meetings related to a child’s health condition or disability.