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For Immediate Release:
March 08, 2016
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Johanna Cervone

Board of County Commissioners passes ordinance requiring paid sick leave on first reading

Legislation would amend current Living Wage Ordinance

Today, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve on first reading an ordinance that would require paid sick leave for employees of county contractors. The ordinance would amend the County’s current Living Wage Ordinance to include paid sick leave. The item was sponsored by Commissioners Daniella Levine Cava, Jean Monestime and Barbara Jordan. It would also allow employees to take leave from work to care for a newborn, a newly adopted child or newly placed foster child.

“Paid sick leave will improve the well-being of thousands of workers and is good economic policy. Investing in greater economic security results in fewer public dollars spent on social services for people who lose their jobs or receive fewer wages for taking time off,” said Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava. “Requiring employees to show up to work when they are ill puts the health of others at risk and can adversely affect workplace productivity. Implementing paid sick leave is simply common sense policy for our health, our economy and our quality of life.”

The ordinance will go to the Strategic Planning and Government Operations Committee for a discussion and vote on April 12th, 2016.