Owners of small businesses in Massachusetts may soon have a new regulation to keep track of. According to the Boston Herald, a top advisor to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is backing a bill that would require all employers to give paid sick leave. However, one local group is speaking out against the legislation.
The local chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business is speaking out against the potential law, calling it an intrusion on freedom in the workplace, according to the source. They also believe that it may result in the sacrifice of funding otherwise used for different purposes, as the legislation does not include any proposed funding to help small businesses compensate employees on sick leave.
"I think it's one of the worst things we can do for small businesses," Bill Vernon, executive director of the Massachusetts chapter of the group, told the Boston Herald. The Herald says that with rising health care and energy expenses that companies face, such a law could potentially put them out of business.
Massachusetts is not the only state where this type of employment law reform is occurring, as a similar bill in Milwaukee was recently overturned by the Wisconsin state lawmakers. Employment practices liability insurance may become increasingly important as new regulations add to employee entitlement to certain accommodations that some small businesses cannot afford to provide.