NFIB's Jessica Cooper Highlights Mandatory Sick Leave Problems

Date: February 03, 2015

NFIB's Jessica Cooper Highlights Mandatory Sick Leave Problems

In an article released on today’s Paid Sick Leave Bill hearing, NFIB Maryland State Director is quoted in a discussion regarding the disadvantages of mandating time off for small businesses.

Jessica Cooper from the National Federation of Independent Businesses says it’s not so simple. She says, if passed, the legislation could force employers to offer fewer benefits, staff fewer hours or cut the number of workers to adjust to the added costs. “It’s well intended legislation but it has negative consequences,” Cooper said.

For the 70 percent of Maryland businesses with fewer than ten employees, Cooper worries the requirement could hinder growth. “It’s a huge disincentive to hire that tenth employee because that tenth employee is going to be the most expensive employee you have,” Cooper says.

Connecticut, California and Massachusetts all have paid sick leave laws. So does San Francisco, Washington DC and Seattle.  

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