Rather than learn anything from the disaster unfolding among small businesses in San Francisco, Oregon Democratics in the legislature have introduced bills calling for seven days of mandatory employer-paid sick leave.
The 2015 Oregon Legislative Session has just begun, and the Senate (SB 454) and the House (HB 2005) have already introduced bills for mandatory employer-provided paid sick leave. Both of these bills are comparable in their details; every employer, no matter the size, would be required to provide 56 hours—7 days—of paid sick leave time per year. Employees would accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.
Oregon’s paid sick leave bill does not account for the 78,000 small businesses across Oregon who are often not large enough to afford the high costs of 56 hours a year of paid sick leave.
If passed, expect to see small businesses shutter. Sick leave abuse - which is an issue - aside, if you run a business with, say, five employees and one calls in sick, how do you afford to pay her and hire a temp to fill in? The short answer: you don't. You can't afford to stay in business, so your five employees all get to look for new jobs. That's market reality, but Democratics seem to believe that they alter reality by passing another mandate. They're in for some hard lessons.
When businesses and jobs go away, where do they figure the tax money to pay for their stipends and offices will come from?