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Mandatory Sick Leave Off the Ballot in Ohio

ACCE Webmaster on Friday, September 5, 2008 at 11:41:00 pm

Business leaders in Ohio are celebrating the removal of Issue 4 from this November's ballot.  The proposal would have mandated that all companies offer paid sick leave to all employees and imposed restrictions on companies that already offer forms of paid leave.

In a letter today, Steve Millard, President and CEO of COSE (the Council of Smaller Enterprises, a division of the Greater Cleveland Partnership), explained why the measure was removed.

"Their proposal - poorly crafted and designed to create major havoc on Ohio's economy - was simply refused by legislators, the Governor, House and Senate leadership, most other sects of organized labor, the business community and a quickly growing percentage of Ohio's voters.  As our efforts and the efforts of others in the state began to make the voting public become more aware of exactly what this issue would do to our state, the support for the issue started to turn.'

'This was a victory for us and all of our efforts.  We knew from the start that small businesses were not against the idea of paid leave - research has shown that almost 90% of employers in our state provide some type of paid leave.  What drew our concern and our opposition was the poorly drafted initiative that put many requirements on businesses that already provided leave and reduced the flexibility of our states employees and the attractiveness of our state as a place to grow and locate jobs.  That opposition was able to stop this issue for November."

To read the full text of Steve's letter to COSE members, click HERE.

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