Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Larkin: ‘Paid sick leave is a key component of a livable wage’

Larkin: ‘Paid sick leave is a key component of a livable wage’

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Jonathan Larkin, D-Glendale (District 30), released this statement regarding the recent ruling in Piccioli v City of Phoenix in the Superior Court in Maricopa County.

“I believe paid sick leave is a key component of a livable wage, and any unused sick time should be available to city employees for their pension calculations. The city employees should have been able to use sick leave in calculating their pensions since 2012, when it was frozen, and a judge recently agreed. I think he made the correct decision, and I hope it sends a message throughout the state to employers in both the government and private sectors. I have been an advocate for workers’ rights, including paid sick leave and retirement benefits, since before I came to the Capitol. The fact is that the overwhelming majority of Arizonans, regardless of political party, support paid sick leave and an employee’s rights to utilize unused leave time when they retire. They know it should be on everyone’s agenda.”


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