(There is an equivalent House Bill, HB 223 sponsored by Alma Adams, D-Guilford).
The bill would mandate a certain threshold of paid sick days, and also detail what qualifies as a paid sick day. In other words, it would outlaw voluntary agreements between employer and employee that didn’t meet the government standards.
In a free society, it is none of the government’s business how many paid sick days employers offer to their workers. Moreover, imposing more labor expenses upon businesses will force them to either reduce salary or other benefits, or reduce the number of workers. Allowing entrepreneurs the flexibility to offer differing benefits packages as part of their compensation plan inspires a more competitive labor market.
Because it injects political force into a peaceful and mutually voluntary employment agreement, SB 558/HB 223 is this week’s Bad Bill of the Week.