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City councilors at odds over paid sick leave mandate

Ryan Laughlin
December 17, 2018 06:47 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The fight over what city-mandated sick leave for employers should look like is restarting.

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City councilor Pat Davis is introducing a new bill mandating employers to offer up to 56 hours or 7 days of accruing paid sick leave.

"The last couple of bills, on the ballot and from the community, were on extreme ends of what we thought could get done. Now we're at the third one and it's going to be in the middle somewhere,” Davis said.

Last year, a paid sick leave ordinance was narrowly voted down by Albuquerque voters. Then, city council president Ken Sanchez proposed a sick leave bill that would exempt any businesses with less than 50 employees.

"When you have startup businesses that are just getting off the ground, that are struggling financially, the first two, three years in business and they're just trying to turn a profit,” Sanchez said. “And we want to make sure we keep them in business."

But, Davis’ bill has no such exemptions.

"There's no exemption. Every business gets treated the same. We weren't going to exempt businesses under 50 people, because that's 98 percent of people in the city,” Davis said.

The bill would not affect businesses that currently offer paid time off programs.

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