MANDATORY PAID LEAVE WILL COST SMALL BUSINESSES AND THEIR EMPLOYEE
13, 2016): The following statement may be attributed to National Federation of
Independent Business (NFIB) Connecticut state director, Andrew Markowski, in
response to the AARP’s release today of a study pertaining
to the creation of a paid family medical leave state program.
businesses already offer paid time off
but the vast majority don’t compartmentalize the benefit into vacation days,
sick days or family leave. NFIB’s research institute found that 73
percent of all small firms already offer paid time off to their full-time
workers. Among them, 67 percent offer two weeks or more. It also found
that small employers are not regimented in their classifications of paid time
off and allow employees days off without forcing them to differentiate the
absence between illness or holiday.
legislative proposal currently being considered is an unnecessary, one-size-fits-all approach that will harm even
the smallest of businesses, including those that already offer generous and
flexible leave benefits. All that being said, the AARP failed to address the fact
that this new, state-run, program would have a significant cost to the state
for start-up and administration. The new economic reality in Connecticut is
that we are already burdened with
expensive and poorly run government programs and we certainly do not need to
add to the list.