Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Bill is Back 

Please submit testimony this bill will affect every business in Hawaii!

The Senate Judicary and Labor Committee has taken a bill from last session as a vehicle to put the mandatory sick leave language back on the table (earlier versions of this session’s house and senate bills died).
A hearing on HB 341 HD4 Proposed SD1 is scheduled for this Wednesday, March 28, at 10:30 a.m. in Room 016 of the State Capitol. Because this bill has a single referral, it is the only senate committee that will hear the bill, thus the last hearing. If it passes, the measure will go for a full vote by the Senate.

We urge you to submit testimony by clicking this link or go directly to



Some of the requirements of the measure include:

1) Requires businesses of all sizes to provide employees (ie. FT, PT, temps) to provide a minimum amount of paid and safe leave to employees to be used to care for themselves or a family member who is ill or a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

2) Small employers with less than 100 employees who do not provide paid time off will need to give up to an unspecified number of days off.

3) For employers who already provide the benefit, it adds another layer of adminstrative burden.

4) Prohibits employers from requiring reasonable documentation unless the “sick and safe leave” exceeds three days of absence.

5) Penalizes employers for asking to verify whether someone is sick by requiring the employer to pay for the doctor’s note.

6) Paid sick leave accrues at the commencement of employment.




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Posted on March 27, 2012, in Action Alert, Government Relations, Legislative Session and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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