OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS
Legislative Office Building, Room 5200
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May 12, 2011
To Fiscal Note on
SB-913, File No. 76
AN ACT MANDATING EMPLOYERS PROVIDE PAID SICK LEAVE TO EMPLOYEES.
The original fiscal note identified FY 13 state costs to enforce the bill totaling $210,045 for two staff, and associated fringe benefits, based on current enforcement experiences with Connecticut's Family Medical Leave Act which may or may not be directly comparable to complaints associated with paid sick leave.
However, based on additional information obtained from the City of San Francisco, which implemented a paid sick leave ordinance in 2007, the costs could be lower or nonexistent. The San Francisco ordinance applies to employers of all size; covering an estimated 548,000 employees. According to the division manager of the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement, there have been 228 complaints filed since 2007, or 4. 75 complaints monthly. No additional staff was hired to investigate and hear complaints from this ordinance.
In Connecticut, according to Department of Labor estimates, there are 747,583 employees working in settings of 50 or more employees (this bill is narrower than the San Francisco ordinance). Based on the San Francisco complaint experience, the bill would result in an additional 6. 4 complaints per month and would not require additional resources for the Department of Labor.
Therefore, the fiscal impact of the bill could be up to the level noted in the original fiscal note but could also likely be less or zero. The actual costs will depend on the number of complaints filed and the resources required to handle them.