January 8, 2014

Study: CT paid sick leave law having minimal impact on employers

Connecticut's 2011 law requiring many employers to offer paid sick leave to their workers has had a minimal effect on costs and operations, according to preliminary results of a study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

The left-leaning Washington think tank — which has advocated for minimum wage increases, paid leave and other worker benefits — said that despite opposition to the law when it was proposed, the 251 Connecticut employers surveyed overwhelmingly support the law.

Reasons for that support included improved employee morale and reduced spread of illness.

Of those surveyed, 10 percent reported that costs increased by 3 percent or more.

"Businesses most frequently covered absent workers by assigning the work to other employees, a solution which has little effect on costs," CEPR said in a summary on its website.

About 89 percent of employers in the state already offered paid sick leave before the law was passed. Since then, the average number of offered sick days has risen from 6.9 days to 7.7 days.

The law requires companies with 50 or more employees — with exceptions for manufacturers, nonprofits and others — to provide one hour of sick leave for every 40 worked.

The full results of the study will be released in February.

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