ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Paid sick leave is no longer on the table in Bernalillo County — but a similar benefit has emerged as a new possibility.
The County Commission on Tuesday deferred a vote on a paid sick leave proposal so the public had time to study a newly introduced substitute version. Chief among the changes is terminology: The ordinance would require businesses with at least two employees to provide “paid time off” instead of “sick leave.” Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins, co-sponsor of the original legislation, said the new language aligns with more current business practices and eliminates some of the paperwork headaches associated with tying the leave to specific needs.
The update also limits who can file a lawsuit over an alleged violation — the affected employee and his or her representative. The initial bill’s language permitted anyone to take a business to court.