Monday is the day for City of Albuquerque sick leave vote

After some delays, the full Albuquerque City Council will meet on Monday, December 7 for a potential final vote on mandatory paid sick leave.

Tell ABQ City Council The Time is NOT Right for More RegulationsWe know that COVID 19 has impacted all of us, not just our bottom lines, but our friends, families, and employees. We’ve heard “We’re all in this together.” If that is truly the case (with the State having enacted an even stricter lockdown of businesses), now is definitely not the time for Albuquerque’s City Council to force more heavy-handed regulations on struggling local businesses.

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Yet again, City of Albuquerque Councilors, Lan Sena and Patrick Davis are proposing a paid sick leave mandate.

This bill has already been defeated three times—once by Albuquerque voters themselves.

The ongoing COVID situation should not be an excuse to impose more costs on local businesses. At the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) which requires employers with less than 500 employees to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. This paid leave is then paid back to the employer by the Federal Government. This requirement is effective through December 31, 2020, and likely to be extended with the next federal relief package.

Because of the recent shutdowns, businesses have been holding off payments on mortgages, leases, utilities, suppliers, car, and house payments for months. Many have exhausted their savings to survive and are approaching bankruptcy. Many businesses will try to reopen but fail because they used all of their cash to buy inventory or rehire their employees. Now is not the time for ANOTHER costly government mandate!

It’s time for City Councilors to focus on initiatives that will get Albuquerque on the path of economic recovery. Don’t let them destroy our future. NOW IS NOT THE TIME!

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