One-Size-Fits-All Paid Leave Hurts Small Business

Date: March 29, 2017

Mark Grant, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, released the following statement today in response to committee votes to pass Senate Bill 1296 and House Bill 2771, legislation that would require employers to provide paid sick leave to full- and part-time workers:

“Small-business owners understand that people get sick, and they do their best to accommodate ailing workers, but we oppose this one-size-fits-all legislation.

“Small businesses are hurt disproportionally with this mandate. They survive on the slimmest of margins and often have highly fluctuating revenue as well as staffing needs. They have far fewer means to handle the increased costs that will certainly come with this mandate.

“That’s why NFIB is urging the full Senate and House to vote ‘no’ on both bills. Employers need flexibility when determining what type of leave benefits work best for them and their employees. SB1296 and HB2771 would take away that flexibility.”

NFIB is Illinois’ leading small-business association. To learn more, visit and follow @NFIB_IL on Twitter.

Click here to contact your local legislators and tell them to vote no on SB1296 and HB2771!

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