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					  Mandated Paid Sick Leave
And its Negative Effects on Ohio

                                                August 2008


Paid for by Ohioans to Protect Jobs and Fair Benefits, John C. Mahaney, Jr., Treasurer, 50 W. Broad St., Suite 2020, Columbus OH 43215
     How This Proposal Came About

• 2007: Service Employees International
  Union and others circulate a petition using
  Ohio’s initiative law process
• December 2007: Supporters file signatures
  to place proposal before the Ohio General
  Assembly
• May 2008: Legislature allows a May
  deadline to pass without action; supporters
  begin process to put proposal on ballot

Paid for by Ohioans to Protect Jobs and Fair Benefits, John C. Mahaney, Jr., Treasurer, 50 W. Broad St., Suite 2020, Columbus OH 43215
                          The Proposal In Brief
• Not as it seems; negative effects on
      – Small businesses and their employees
      – Large businesses and their employees
      – Ohio economy when we can least afford it




Paid for by Ohioans to Protect Jobs and Fair Benefits, John C. Mahaney, Jr., Treasurer, 50 W. Broad St., Suite 2020, Columbus OH 43215
                                      Key Provisions
• Applies to employers with 25 or more
  workers
• Mandates seven days of paid sick leave
  annually for employees working 30 hours
  or more a week
• Provides a pro-rated amount for
  employees working less than 30 hours per
  week

Paid for by Ohioans to Protect Jobs and Fair Benefits, John C. Mahaney, Jr., Treasurer, 50 W. Broad St., Suite 2020, Columbus OH 43215
                  Accumulating Sick Leave
• Begins to accumulate immediately
• Does not have to be granted within the
  first 90 days of employment
• Carries over from year to year – up to
  seven unused days
      – Seven days total? Or added to previous
        year’s unused sick days?


Paid for by Ohioans to Protect Jobs and Fair Benefits, John C. Mahaney, Jr., Treasurer, 50 W. Broad St., Suite 2020, Columbus OH 43215
                                 Using Sick Leave
• Employers must count leave of less than a day
  in hourly increments, or the smallest unit
  tracked.
• Employees must “make reasonable efforts to
  schedule leave in a way that does not unduly
  disrupt operations.”
• However, proposal allows a worker to take
  intermittent leave, raising havoc on assembly
  lines and staffing-critical workplaces.

Paid for by Ohioans to Protect Jobs and Fair Benefits, John C. Mahaney, Jr., Treasurer, 50 W. Broad St., Suite 2020, Columbus OH 43215
                   Health Care Certification

• An employer may require certification of a
  health care professional only for leave of
  more than three consecutive workdays.
• No medical certification is required for
  shorter periods of leave.




Paid for by Ohioans to Protect Jobs and Fair Benefits, John C. Mahaney, Jr., Treasurer, 50 W. Broad St., Suite 2020, Columbus OH 43215
  “What does it mean to me?”




Paid for by Ohioans to Protect Jobs and Fair Benefits, John C. Mahaney, Jr., Treasurer, 50 W. Broad St., Suite 2020, Columbus OH 43215
             A Slap at Small Businesses

• Ohio is home to nearly 900,000 small
  businesses, which pump more than $26 billion
  into the state’s economy.
• Between 1999 and 2004, small businesses
  created more than 125,000 jobs for Ohioans.
• On average, small businesses spend 45
  percent more per employee than larger firms to
  comply with government regulations; 67 percent
  more to comply with tax laws.

Paid for by Ohioans to Protect Jobs and Fair Benefits, John C. Mahaney, Jr., Treasurer, 50 W. Broad St., Suite 2020, Columbus OH 43215
                 A Hit for Large Employers
  • The mandate
         – Allows leave with little or no notice
         – Penalizes employers who offer seven or more
           paid sick days
            • Companies forced to convert some PTO to
              sick leave
         – Interferes with the relationship between
           employers and employees and the flexibility of
           their benefits packages

Paid for by Ohioans to Protect Jobs and Fair Benefits, John C. Mahaney, Jr., Treasurer, 50 W. Broad St., Suite 2020, Columbus OH 43215
                       The Economic Context

• Ohio’s competitiveness
      – Since 2000, Ohio has lost more than 224,000
        manufacturing jobs, mainly to other states and
        countries.
• Mandate is a “job killer”
      – If the sick leave mandate passes, Ohio will be
        the only state among our competitors – in fact
        the only state in the country – with such a law.


Paid for by Ohioans to Protect Jobs and Fair Benefits, John C. Mahaney, Jr., Treasurer, 50 W. Broad St., Suite 2020, Columbus OH 43215
         Who Opposes This Measure?

• Businesses, business groups, trade associations
  and employers of all sizes and types
• Opposition campaign led by Ohioans to Protect
  Jobs and Fair Benefits, a coalition representing
  a broad cross section of concerned
  organizations




Paid for by Ohioans to Protect Jobs and Fair Benefits, John C. Mahaney, Jr., Treasurer, 50 W. Broad St., Suite 2020, Columbus OH 43215
        Reasons to Oppose Mandated
              Paid Sick Leave
• Threat to pay, benefits and jobs
• Penalizes employers who already offer paid
  sick leave
• Affects existing benefits, including healthcare
• Kills economic development
• Will result in more expensive goods and
  services
• Interferes with the established relationship
  between employers and employees

Paid for by Ohioans to Protect Jobs and Fair Benefits, John C. Mahaney, Jr., Treasurer, 50 W. Broad St., Suite 2020, Columbus OH 43215
                            How to Get Involved



                For more information, go to
              www.SaveOurJobsAndBenefits.com




Paid for by Ohioans to Protect Jobs and Fair Benefits, John C. Mahaney, Jr., Treasurer, 50 W. Broad St., Suite 2020, Columbus OH 43215
        “We think Hoosiers should encourage
        Ohio residents to support an effort that
        would require Ohio companies with at
        least 25 employees to offer at least seven
        sick days a year. Such a program — in
        Ohio — would be great news for
        Indiana’s economy.”

Paid for by Ohioans to Protect Jobs and Fair Benefits, John C. Mahaney, Jr., Treasurer, 50 W. Broad St., Suite 2020, Columbus OH 43215

				
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