The Portland City Council is currently considering whether the city should require employers to grant employees sick leave. The current proposal would mandate forty hours of paid sick leave per year for businesses with six or more employees, and unpaid sick leave for businesses with fewer than six employees.
Interested parties sharply differ on the impact this requirement would have on local businesses. Some businesses state that the rule will be an expensive burden, and may require them to pass the added costs along to customers. Others welcome the change, noting that sick employees who are forced to come to work because they cannot afford to take time off are not as productive, tend to stay sick longer, and pass their ailments on to others. Additionally, employees point to the inequity involved in current sick time policies, noting that lower wage earners are less likely to be afforded paid sick time.
No matter which side of the debate you support, all Portland businesses should be aware of how local, state, and federal rules impact their businesses. All business, but particularly those with employees, are subject to laws and regulations—many of which are frequently reviewed and revised. Failure to comply with the applicable rules could result in unwanted consequences for your business.
At Northwest Business Law Group, we keep track of the laws that affect your business, allowing you to navigate the ever-changing regulatory environment with confidence. When the City Council makes its decision in March, you can be assured that your attorneys at Northwest Business Law Group will be able to provide you with the advice you need to comply.