State, cities at war over sick leave, wages

Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 10.28.51 AMBy Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services/The Daily Courier

State lawmakers are moving to undermine the ability of cities to require employers to provide things such as sick leave to local workers.

And they’re doing it in a back-door way.

Legislation set for a House vote Monday would leave undisturbed what businesses have finally conceded they cannot do: Preclude cities and counties from setting minimum wages higher than what the state requires. That’s because the 2006 voter-approved minimum wage law specifically permits such local options.

Instead, HB 2579 seeks to narrow the definition of exactly what are “wages” to include only the cash compensation paid.

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