Sen. Haskell submits paid sick leave legislation
AUGUSTA – A measure submitted by Democratic Sen. Anne Haskell of Portland for the upcoming legislative session would ensure that more workers in Maine earn paid sick days.
“The facts are undeniable; thousands of Maine workers are unable to earn even one paid sick day to care for themselves or their family,” said Sen. Haskell. “The impact on a family when a bread winner must take unpaid leave from work is devastating. No one should have to choose between their health and their paycheck.”
Maine currently does not require employers to provide paid sick leave. Nearly 200,000 Maine workers in the private sector cannot earn any paid sick leave.
The bill submitted by Sen. Haskell, LR 2497, “An Act To Strengthen the Economic Well-being of Maine’s Workforce by Ensuring Employees Can Earn Paid Sick Time,” is loosely based on the Massachusetts’ law and would require that employers of 11 or more employees allow workers to earn 56 hours (7 days) paid sick time.
“Paid sick leave laws are beginning to surface in many parts of the country and it is time Maine stepped up to the plate and showed workers how valuable they are to our economy,” added Sen. Haskell.
All legislation will be presented to the Legislative Council for its approval on Thursday, October 22. If approved by the Council, the Legislature will take up bills when they reconvene for the second session in January, 2016.