ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Business organizations are asking the Bernalillo County Commission not to hurry a newly introduced paid sick leave proposal, saying they would like time to study the provisions and discuss the potential implications.
But several other advocacy groups — from the AARP to the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence — say it’s time to act and provide workers with a critical benefit.
Commissioners Maggie Hart Stebbins and Debbie O’Malley on Tuesday introduced legislation that would require businesses with at least two employees to provide workers one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked up to 56 hours per year.
Employees could use the leave for their own health needs or to care for a family member or someone else to whom they are close. It also provides for absences related to domestic violence.