- Both sick and safe time apply equally to the employee and their family. That is, an employee can take time off from work to care for a family member.
- When an employee separates from an employer (for any reason) no payout from the employer of any used sick or safe time is required. An employer may choose to do this, but it would be at the discretion of the employer. This is consistent with all other applications of sick and safe time around the country.
Three other items were discussed in detail without immediate resolution:
First, the definition of what is “family” continues to be problematic for the task force. No progress was made in defining who is included in the definition of family. The task force did ask the city attorney to, using references to “family’ in other ordinances, come up with a draft definition that the task force can consider at our next meeting.
Second, the group debated in what time increments an individual can use ESST. While there was general agreement that existing policies in place at an employer should be followed (for example, if an employer says that PTO can be used in two hour increments), there was debate over what happens if an employer has no policy to reference. This discussion will be continued at the next meeting.
Finally, the group discussed in detail the concept of carryover. That is, should employees be allowed to “build” additional time year over year. For example, if an employee had 40 hours at the end of the year does that time carryover into the next year, allowing for a total accumulation greater than the 48 hours annual cap of earned time that the task force previously agreed to? The concern that many had was that allowing for a greater accumulation of ESST not only increased the financial burden on the employer, but that it may create an unworkable situation where employees use ESST as a “vacation” benefit given that they may have up to 80 hours of banked ESST time.
The group achieved no agreement on this particular issue and agreed to revisit it at the next meeting.
No discussion of exemptions occurred.