OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-6187

AN ACT MANDATING EMPLOYERS PROVIDE PAID SICK LEAVE TO EMPLOYEES.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 8423

File Copy No.: 981

House Calendar No.: 109

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 10 $

FY 11 $

Judicial Dept.

GF - Revenue Gain

Potential

Potential

Judicial Dpt (Probation) ; Correction, Dept.

GF - Cost

Potential

Potential

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The amendment makes it a crime (larceny) for any person to use paid sick leave for purposes other than those described in section 3 of the bill, knowing that s/he is not entitled to use such leave for that purpose, and with intent to derive a personal benefit at the expense of his or her employer, s/he uses such paid sick leave.

The crime of larceny is punishable by the value of the service obtained. The median daily income for an individual in this state is estimated to be $200.1 Depending upon the number of days taken illegally under the amendment, an offender would face a potential prison term of at least 3 months and/or a criminal fine of up to $500. (See the table below for details.)

To the extent that offenders are subject to incarceration or probation supervision in the community as a result of the bill, a potential cost to criminal justice agencies exists. On average, it costs the state $3, 736 to supervise an offender on probation in the community as compared to $44, 165 to incarcerate the offender.

The amendment also specifies that employees that use paid sick leave for any purpose other than those described in the bill may be: 1) discharged by the employer, and 2) denied unemployment compensation benefits.

The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.

1 Calculated as follows: $48, 786 (median annual income for family of 1 per U.S. Dpt of Health and Human Services) divided by 249 (annual work days: less weekends and holidays) .