The Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners voted down a proposal to adopt mandatory paid sick leave for employees. As a result, employment rights for workers in the area will not be expanded.
The rejected proposal would have mandated paid sick leave for employees in Miami-Dade County. In particular, employers would have been required to provide their workers with one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked. Any business with less than five employees would have been exempted from this requirement.
The proposal received serious opposition from a coalition of businesses. The business owners and associations argued that adoption of the proposal would have actually had negative effects on job creation and would have affected all types of businesses differently.
Although the proposal was rejected, it is expected that it will be reintroduced within six months. Perhaps at this time, employees will be able to fuel more support for such additional employee rights.
In the meantime, Miami-Dade workers should ensure that their employers do not attempt to strip them of their existing employment rights. There are many other types of benefits that employees may receive under Florida and federal law, including set wages and employee pensions. Sometimes employers violate these rights by engaging in illegal workplace discrimination. They may favor certain employees over others. They may even fail to establish the required hourly pay or ignore a worker's overtime claim.
Such conduct is illegal, but with the help of a legal professional, workers can not only collect such benefits but also receive additional remedies for the discrimination they have faced.
Source: Restaurant News, "Miami-Dade County rejects measure to require paid sick leave," Paul Frumkin, Nov. 27, 2012.