ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Advocates for Albuquerque’s proposed sick leave ordinance have suffered a setback in their quest to have a summary – and not the full seven-page measure – printed on the city’s Oct. 3 ballot.
The state Court of Appeals issued an order last week denying a request from Healthy Workforce ABQ, the OLÉ Education Fund and three other plaintiffs to take up the matter prior to the case being resolved in District Court. The appellate court also refused on Wednesday to forward the matter to the state Supreme Court for consideration.
It’s among the latest developments in the ongoing legal fight between advocates of the sick leave ordinance, which would require Albuquerque employers to provide paid sick time off to workers, and those who argue that the measure would hurt businesses because of higher costs and record-keeping requirements. If voters approve it, the ordinance will apply to full-time, part-time and temporary workers at any business with a physical presence in Albuquerque.
Stuck in the middle of the lawsuit is the city of Albuquerque, which has taken the position that the entire ordinance must appear on the ballot.