Paid Sick Leave

Legislation that would ban local governments from forcing business to provide paid sick leave from their employees is moving through the state legislature.

Thursday, a House committee heard emotion testimony from both sides.

Maria McCluskey of Orlando told lawmakers she had been advised by her doctor to take a week to re-cooperate, but her employer had other ideas.

"Called my work and that was not an option they made it clear that I needed to be in to work the next day at 9 am and so I did. I remained sick for weeks," said McCluskey.

But Restaurants and Hotels say paying sick leave to busboys and waiters will bankrupt them.

Carol Dover of the Restaurant and Lodging Associations says she does not want Florida to return to a time when 67 counties had 67 different regulations.

"God knows we do not want to turn out like New York where Mayor Bloomberg has now regulating how much salt you can eat. How many trans fats you can have," said Dover.

The House State Affairs Committee approved the legislation along party lines. The legislation, if passed, would nullify a planned 2014 vote in Orlando to require paid sick leave.


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