Will you let state government dictate how you run your business?
Tell lawmakers that mandated paid sick leave is not a way to show that New York is open for business.
For years, New York State has added state mandated costs on small business owners. From increasing the minimum wage to requiring employers to distribute an annual wage notice, New York has earned a reputation for being a state with one of the highest costs of doing business and having the most regulatory burdens in the nation.
Now, the New York State legislature has before it several proposals that would mandate businesses provide paid time off for employees to care for a child or relative.
Mandated paid sick leave is an example of government interfering with private sector employers’ ability to operate and grow business. Most small businesses already offer generous general time off for employees to use at their own discretion, and employers and employees agree upon the terms of employment without restrictive government imposed conditions.
Paid sick leave also adds expenses for small businesses at a time when they already face increased costs from healthcare premiums, unemployment insurance and minimum wage. Many small businesses cannot afford to hire replacement workers or pay other employees overtime to cover vacant positions. They also cannot afford across-the-board increases associated with the proposed hike in the maximum weekly disability benefit and broader use of benefits.
Small business needs relief from the endless barrage of government imposed mandates driving up the costs of doing business in this state. More costly and burdensome mandates like paid sick leave will only worsen the business climate and slow the state’s economic recovery.
Join NFIB/NY in sending a message to the Legislature to say NO to mandated paid sick leave and YES to lowering the costs of doing business and growing your business.