Rhode Island Passes Paid Sick Leave
They become the 8th state to pass Paid Sick Leave, effecting over 100,000 workers
Rhode Island is the newest state to require employers to provide paid sick days for their employees.
The law which will take effect in 2018 requires that employers offer their workers up to three sick days in 2018, four in 2019 and five thereafter. The law will impact about 100,000 employees statewide. Small Businesses with less than 18 employees will be exempt.
After a compromise to exempt small businesses and to incrementally increase the number of sick days, business groups like the Chamber of Commerce announced their support for the bill. Governor Gina Raimondo signed the bill into law on Thursday. Currently, only seven states and Washington D.C. have Paid Sick Leave laws, Rhode Island will become the eighth.
Teachers in Iowa overwhelmingly supported recertifying their unions after two weeks of voting. Back in February, UCOMM wrote about this awful bill as it made its way through the legislature. Below is some coverage from the AFL-CIO.