Source: Assembly Republican Press Release -
Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi said the Assembly Labor Committee’s approval on Monday of a bill (A-2354) that requires private employers to provide paid sick days is another job-killing government mandate that is costly to small businesses.
“As a job creator who operated successful businesses for nearly 40 years, I know the negative impact that a paid sick mandate will have on employers and the businesses they operate,” said Fiocchi, R- Cumberland, Cape May and Atlantic. “Businesses need the flexibility to manage their company efficiently.
“A successful business expands and creates jobs,” continued Fiocchi. “Mandating a minimum wage with annual increases, Obamacare and telling businesses to provide paid sick days does not create an atmosphere of economic growth. An unintended consequence of this legislation is that fewer jobs will be created as companies adjust to these government directives.”
A survey by the Employment Policies Institute last year revealed that employers in Seattle offset their costs to compensate for mandated paid sick days. Sixteen percent raised their prices, 18 percent reduced hours and staff and 17 percent passed on the increase in benefits to their employees or eliminated benefits they once offered. Surveys in San Francisco and Connecticut (which both mandate paid sick days) revealed similar results.