Connecticut showed itself to be an admirable, middle class-protecting trailblazer in the nation when the General Assembly enacted paid sick leave legislation that went into effect in 2012. Despite subsequent data that show the law’s impact on business in the state has been modest to none, Republican gubernatorial Tom Foley has recently shown his hostility to the law.
One can understand why his latest attack on the paid sick leave law didn’t get a lot of coverage. It’s the least of his public relations problems right now with new information about his union-busting past in Pennsylvania. That situation is likely to hurt more.
When touring some businesses in Ansonia, Foley once again sounds clueless and disconnected from the common person. If paid sick leave—or any other measure to help workers—doesn’t adversely affect business, why oppose it?
The Center for Economic Policy and Research study titled Good for Business? Connecticut Paid Sick Leave Law found, “The concerns articulated by many business associations that the law would impose heavy burdens on employers and invite worker abuse turn out to have been misplaced; instead the impact of the new law on business has been modest.” And, “The survey results demonstrate, and the site visits and employer interviews confirm, that the Connecticut law has had a modest impact on businesses in the state—contrary to many of the fears expressed by business interests prior to the passage of the legislation.”
The guess here is, if asked about this information, Foley would respond with a now-all-too-familiar, “This is the first I’ve heard of it.”
The fact that paid sick leave laws are soon to sweep the nation (California recently followed Connecticut’s lead) and Foley opposes it speaks volumes.