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Lawsuit filed over Albuquerque's proposed sick leave ordinance

Stefan Dill
April 03, 2017 06:28 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M -- The Albuquerque Coalition for a Healthy Economy (A.C.H.E.) announced a lawsuit Monday against the City of Albuquerque in State District Court over  the city's proposed Healthy Workforce Ordinance.

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The group maintains the proposed ordinance, which goes before voters October 3, "is a fraud on city voters because it hides a vast number of punitive, unnecessary and expensive details from public debate and consideration," according to an ACHE statement released Monday.

"Presently, the healthy workforce ordinance is logrolling on steroids," said Pat Rogers, attorney representing the A.C.H.E. "Voters who may favor the basic premise or parts of the basic proposal, will certainly disagree with the small print details hidden in the ordinance."

"Most employers’ existing paid time off (PTO) policies will not be in compliance with the strict requirements of the Ordinance. So, employees will lose their PTO and have to revert to sickleave and vacation time," said Carol Wight, CEO of the New Mexico Restaurant Association and a member of the coalition in the statement.

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