By: Matt Horn
June 17, 2013
A controversial measure that blocks local governments from requiring employers to offer paid sick time has been signed into law by Governor Rick Scott.
Feeling sick? Beginning July first you may no longer be eligible for sick time. A new state law takes away local government ordinances requiring employers to offer paid sick time. “This law will take away their right to make those decisions for themselves at the local level,” said spokesman for the Florida Coalition for Local Control, Damien Filer.
The Florida Coalition for Local Control fought the bill in the legislative process. The group argues the new law wrongfully separates the poor and women from everyone else. “It’s disappointing; the Governor clearly sided with big corporation over the interest of many Floridians,” said Filer.
Those in support of the law say it creates consistency for employers across the state. “It creates consistency, predictability and conformity of regulation through-out the state. Anytime a business is looking to settle or move to Florida they have to see what regulations will cost them,” said Florida Retail Federations General Counsel, Samantha Padgett.
“Before the bill was signed into law, two neighboring counties may have had different sick-time laws. Now, when you cross into a new county, the laws will be the same,” Matt Horn reported.
“It really does encourage development and it really does protect our economic growth in the state of Florida and encourage the economic growth,” said Padgett.
“Those are great talking points, but there is no truth…and what we see consistently is when earned sick times are in place that it increases the economic stability of those places,” said Filer.
Opponents say they will work closely with the state to make sure employees, not just employers, are protected under this new law.
A recent public poll shows 8 in 10 Floridians support employers providing sick time benefits.