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Sick Leave Bill & Harvest time

April 2, 2013

Oregon-Farm-Bureau

By Oregon Farm Bureau

Required Employee Sick Leave Receives Hearing 

The House Business and Labor Committee is holding a hearing on HB 3390 which require employers to provide sick leave to their workers. According to the bill, employers, “…who employ six or more employees in this state for each working day during each of 20 or more calendar workweeks in the year  

“… would be required to provide seven days of paid sick days a year. A paid sick leave policy shall, at a minimum, provide a full-time employee with one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked.

The public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3 at 8:00 AM in Hearing Room E. Your comments on the proposed legislation is greatly needed. It is important to discuss the impact this legislation would have on farms, especially during harvest time.

  
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Bob Clark April 2, 2013

This is bad, intrusive government policy. It can be a barrier to folks wanting and needing short periods of work. Moreover, it discourages folks from actually obtaining valued skills and experience which enable them to have such fringe benefits as sick leave. It is also a one-size, inefficient approach to labor regulation; as for example some folks in some industries prefer being able to convert sick leave to vacation leave even if it means risking unpaid sick days.

Individuals acting freely through trial and error are more adept at finding the optimal solution to pricing and terms in markets, whereas government regulation puts up unnecessary barriers and creates unintended consequences, such as higher unemployment.

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