This week’s Bad Bill of the Week is a repeat offender. House Bill 100 Healthy Families & Workplaces/Paid Sick Days, sponsored by Reps. Alma Adams (D-Guilford) and Larry Hall (D-Durham), would criminalize voluntary work agreements between workers and employers. This bill is a replay of a bill dubbed a BBOTW in 2011.
There’s little sense in reinventing the wheel on this, so I will just republish what I wrote previously on this intrusive piece of legislation:
HB 100 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, HB 100 is this week’s Bad Bill of the Week.