An Act To Support Healthy Workplaces and Healthy Families by Providing Paid Sick Leave to Certain Employees
Sec. 1. 26 MRSA §636, sub-§2, as enacted by PL 2005, c. 455, §1, is amended to read:
Sec. 2. 26 MRSA §§637 and 637-A are enacted to read:
§ 637. Paid sick leave
An employer that employs 50 or more employees shall provide to each employee paid sick leave as provided by this section.
An employee is not required to secure a substitute when that employee uses paid sick leave.
§ 637-A. Unpaid sick leave
An employer that employs fewer than 50 employees in the State shall implement a policy that allows an employee to accrue and use at least 40 hours of unpaid sick leave per year. The employer's policy must be in accordance with the accrual of paid sick leave in section 637, subsection 2.
Sec. 3. Effective date. This Act takes effect January 1, 2019.
This bill creates a right to paid sick leave for employees not covered by a collective bargaining agreement who are employed by an employer that employs 50 or more employees. It also creates a right to unpaid sick leave for employees of an employer that employs fewer than 50 employees. This bill takes effect January 1, 2019.