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The House of Representatives has approved House Bill 695, which would amend Act 180 of July, 1998, the Minimum Wage, Vacations and Sick Leave Act. The bill proposes to allow employees to use up to five days of their accrued sick leave to attend to the care and attention of their sick children or to attend the illness or needs of their spouse or of disabled or elderly (over 60 years old) individuals for whom the employee has the legal custody or trusteeship. The employees would be required to maintain a five-day balance of accrued sick leave. The bill exempts employers with fifteen (15) or less employees. The bill has been sent to the Senate.
Employers should be aware of this bill and ask associations representing them to oppose it.
The House of Representatives has approved House Bills 527 and 529, both of which seek to amend Act 230 of May 12, 1942, which regulates child labor. House Bill 527 proposes to increase the penalties for violations of the Act. The Bill would raise the penalty for a first violation to a $2,000.00 fine (currently the fine is between $25 and $100); for a second violation the penalty would be a $5,000.00 fine (currently the fine is between $100 and $1,000). Providing false information regarding the age of a child to obtain a work permit would be sanctioned as a third degree felony and punished with a jail term of between six months plus one day and three years (currently, the penalty can be either a fine of no more than $500, a six-month prison term or both).
Bill 529 would prohibit minors under 16 years of age from working at establishments whose main activity is selling or renting adult material or material with a sexual content. Businesses that sell adult materials as an accessory to their main activity would be required to take measures to ensure that minors are not exposed in the handling or selling of those materials. Both bills have been sent to the Senate.
We will keep you informed of any further developments on these matters.
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