Re: “Group seeks sick leave for all who work in Tacoma” (TNT, 5-30).
Healthy Tacoma’s push for a citywide paid sick leave ordinance may be well-intentioned, but it ignores the growing body of evidence that such laws harm the people they’re supposed to help.
A study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research — a group supportive of paid sick leave laws — found that nearly 30 percent of San Francisco’s lowest-wage employees reported layoffs or reduced hours at their place of work following that city’s passage of a wage mandate. Another survey by the Urban Institute found that some city employers had scaled back on employee bonuses, vacation time and part-time help to adapt to the law’s costs.
It’s a helpful reminder that when it comes to business mandates, good intentions don’t necessarily lead to good policy for low-wage workers.