Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce voices opposition to Prop 206


A Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) representative recently spoke out against Arizona’s Proposition 206, a law that requires every employer in the state to compensate workers for sick time, arguing against its administrative effectiveness.

As of Saturday, all employees will qualify to accumulate 24 hours of sick leave or 40 hours for larger companies, whether full-time, part-time, temporary or seasonal in status.

“We had opposed Proposition 206 in its entirety,” Mike Huckins, vice president for public affairs with the chamber, told FOX10 News. “I think administratively, this was the worst part for our employers.”

Huckins’ statement was based on the chamber’s view that one of Prop 206’s provisions could hurt small business, partly in time-consuming administrative tasks. 

"Putting new mandates on small businesses is something that we have thought for a while now should not be done," Huckins told FOX10. "It's going to put the squeeze on even more."

A heavier onus, for example, will be imposed on employers to provide extra documentation showing workers were not dismissed for taking leave under the terms of the new law, according to attorney John Balitis, who also spoke to FOX10.

"If a worker takes some time off under Prop 206 and then within three months after that is suspended, laid off, separated, there's a presumption that's going to pop up that that adverse employment action was a result of him or her exercising that right," Balitis told FOX10.

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