Florida Governor Rick Scott Bans Paid Sick Leave

| by Michael Allen
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Florida Governor Rick Scott (R), who often complains about big government, signed a bill into law last Friday that prevents local city and county governments from implementing "paid sick leave" legislation.

Several Florida businesses oppose paid sick leave, including Disney World and Darden Restaurants (Olive Garden and Red Lobster), as well as the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

"This bill fosters statewide uniformity, consistency and predictability in Florida's employer-employee relationships," Governor Scott said in a statement. "These fundamental elements are essential to ensuring a business-friendly environment that supports job creation."

However, Governor Scott provided no proof that banning paid sick leave creates jobs.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the new law nullifies a November 6, 2014 referendum in Orange County that would have allowed voters to decide whether to support paid sick leave. 

The bill that Governor Scott signed is part of a national effort of “preemption bills” to block paid sick leave legislation, which is supported by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

The Florida State’s House Majority Leader, Steve Precourt (R), who is a member of ALEC,  helped pushed the bill through the Florida legislature for Gov. Scott to sign, noted

Precourt also wants to roll back existing local living-wage ordinances in Orlando, Florida and south Florida.

Sources: Orlando Sentinel and